Apple Maps strikes again, leads people in Alaska to drive onto airport runway


When Apple first released its own standalone Maps app, reports of wrong directions and even life-threatening situations were aplenty. But after avoiding the spotlight for some time, the sometimes flawed and inaccurate data of the app has struck again, this time in Alaska.

Directions to the Fairbanks International Airport reportedly direct users into driving onto the airport’s taxiway. The taxiway is regularly used by aircraft, but even worse, some people have even driven onto the runway itself by mistake. Apple has since issued a temporary fix that disables guided directions to the airport for the time being, and the Alaska airport has put up fences and several stop signs.

Apple Maps clearly needs some work and if you own an iOS device, you should be using Google Maps. But if these people can drive past several signs, a gate and onto what I am sure does not look like the entrance to an airport, they probably should be paying more attention. Stop flirting with Siri while you drive, dummy.

[via BBC, MacRumors]

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  • davidroper

    [@Darcy] and Darcy, the other day, my trusted Garmin wanted to send me in a loop 5 miles down the interstate highway I-77 only to make a a U turn and come back just to be able to go straight ahead on the road crossing the I-77 overpass.

    funny they are.

  • Google maps isn’t much better. I’ve had it try to direct me down a locked and gated road and when I passed the road by it refused to find an alternate route, kept trying to direct me to turn around and go back. Close to 20 miles later it finally showed an alternate route. It also directed me about a dozen miles away from my destination once, on the opposite side of Highway 75 where I was traveling south. My destination was actually one exit further down, take the next right and go up that road right to it, massive failure IMO.

  • davidroper

    Surely the idiot relying on his gadget would have to look up from it once in a while to be sure he was still on the road and driving between the lines. Bwahahaha