Police: Google Maps giving dangerous directions, too

Days after Australian police warn about Apple Maps, they lodge a similar complaint against Google.

Colac, Victoria, Australia in Google Maps.
Colac in Victoria, Australia in Google Maps. Screenshot by Casey Newton/CNET

Days after Australian police warned motorists not to rely on Apple Maps, lest they end up stranded in punishing heat, authorities issued a similar warning about Google Maps.

Police in Colac, a town west of Melbourne, say Google Maps has created "a significant safety issue for tourists [and] locals" along the Great Ocean Road by suggesting they drive down a one-way road not built for heavy traffic, according to a police sergeant quoted by ABC News.

Tour buses using Wild Dog Road are in danger of being driven off the road, Sgt. Nick Buenen told ABC.

The warning comes days after police in the Australian province of Victoria warned that Apple Maps incorrectly said the town of Mildura was located in the middle of Murray Sunset National Park, 70 kilometers from its actual location. Several motorists had become stranded for up to 24 hours without food or water after using Apple's directions, according to reports.

Update, 12:41 p.m. PT A Google spokesperson said that Google Maps routes drivers onto Wild Dog Road only if the driver searches for a destination located on that road. For directions to other nearby locations, Google Maps routes drivers onto Forrest-Apollo Bay Road/Skenes Creek Road.

(via Daring Fireball)

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