Apple Maps Still Have a Few Kinks to Work Out

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And so does Fairbanks International Airport. In the last couple of weeks two people have driven along the taxiway and across one of its runways because their Apple Maps app told them to.

The Alaskan aiport has closed one of its main access routes for aircrafts after the flaw in the Apple Maps app was discovered. The app directed motorists to drive along the taxiway, which is only used by aviation pilots, in order to reach the airport ramp side of the passenger terminal.

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“These folks drove past several signs,” Melissa Osborn, chief of operations at the Fairbanks airport, told the Alaska Dispatch. “They even drove past a gate. None of that cued them that they did something inappropriate.”

While only two Alaskans were stupid enough (Sarah Palin..?) to cross the runway, which is used by 737 jets, it was enough for the airport to put up extra barricades and send a strongly worded letter to Apple.

“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,” Osborn said.

Apple is rushing to fix the issue before their Maps app gets any more bad press. In contrast, the Google Maps app provided a different, longer route, which takes drivers to the airport’s parking lot.

So you can take the longer route and end up in a parking lot or you can take the shorter route and risk getting hit by a 737. Or you can stop relying on your phone app and look out the window – if there’s a gate and a “do not enter” sign, you should probably turn around.

Via: International Business Times

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