GPS maps leading to a disaster for Apple

An Alaskan airport has closed an aircraft access route because of a flaw with Apple’s Maps app.  Fairbanks International Airport told a local newspaper that in the past three weeks two motorists had driven along the taxiway and across one of its runways.
“We asked them to disable the map for Fairbanks until they could correct it, thinking it would be better to have nothing show up than to take the chance that one more person would do this,” Melissa Osborn, chief of operations at the airport, told the Alaska Dispatch newspaper.
Apple faced criticism after it ditched Google’s service as its default maps option last year.
Complaints of inaccuracies followed, including placing Dublin Airport about 17km (11 miles) away from its true location after apparently confusing the site with a farm named Airfield.
The Australian police went so far as to warn that Apple’s software was “life threatening” after motorists became stranded in a national park after being given the wrong directions to the city of Mildura, Victoria.
Fairbanks Airport said the drivers involved in the 6 September and 20 September incidents had both been from out of town and had ignored signposts warning them that they should not be driving along the taxiway.
“No matter what the signs say, the map on their iPhone told them to proceed this way,” said the airport’s marketing director Angie Spear.
Alaska Dispatch reported that the runway they crossed was used by 737 jets among other aircraft.
“Apple evidently did not fully grasp the complexity involved in deploying a mapping service and its continuing woes show that it is not an easy thing to fix.”

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