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Potential for Coffs disaster due to Iphone mapping mishap

Apple's new Iphone mapping app lists the former Coffs Harbour Base Hospital site.
Apple's new Iphone mapping app lists the former Coffs Harbour Base Hospital site.

WARNINGS about Apple's glitch-filled mapping app carry particular relevance for Coffs Harbour with the listing for the Coffs Harbour Base Hospital miles off the actual location.

Victorian police today raised concern over maps in the Iphone's latest software upgrade after six people were rescued lost in the wilderness in Murray Sunset National Park while trying to get to Mildura - more than 70 kilometres away.

As the story broke in national media, Coffs Coast residents were quick to take to social media to raise the Coffs Harbour Base Hospital issue.

Apple maps list the hospital's former location off Dibbs St between Harbour Dr and Victoria St, which has been a vacant parcel of land since the hospital was relocated in 2001.

That is more than five kilometres from the actual hospital site off the Pacific Highway.  

Concerns were raised the glitch could lead to disaster particularly for visitors or tourists needing medical assistance in an emergency.

Globally the Apple mapping app has been widely criticised for its inaccuracy since the company replaced Google Maps with its own mapping technology. 

Commenting on the Mildura mapping mishaps, Victorian police Inspector Simon Clemence said the Apple Maps app could contribute to a disaster.  

"It if was a 45-degree day, someone could actually die," Inspt. Clemence told reporters. 

Motorists reliance on GPS devices is a particular concern for police. 

 

 

Topics:  coffs harbour base hospital, map



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