Apple Maps are strong enough to close the International Airport
Fairbanks, Alaska international Airport is closed due to a flaw in the Apple Maps. Couple of drivers drove along the taxiway, one crossing runway due to a glitch in the Apple Maps. BBC reports “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.” It seems the Apple Map directs the users along the drive way and Fairbanks International Airport approached Apple to disable app from not showing Fairbanks in its map app.
“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.
Now what our resident Apple fanboy Walter Smyth say, let us see.
OMG Hilarious! Okay, and sad. Sad that people will trust the software instead of signs on the road, and you know, THINK about what they’re doing.
Maybe somebody from the “New Nokia” needs to drop by Apple HQ and introduce them to HERE maps. Hey, Apple can even write that they “invented maps” into the licensing agreement. As long as we can avoid iPhones being run over by a 747s tire. We already saw the bullet test. Don’t think this would turn out any better.
Have you done an image search on the airport? There are buildings on both sides and no way that someone could be that stupid to drive at anything other than a 90 degree angle from airport road. I can tell you that my high dollar garmin GPS frequently shows me as driving 50 meters off to the side of the interstate when in actuality I am driving on the correct side. Doesn’t mean I am going to take it’s word fro it and start smashing trees over now does it? Further, isn’t it required that airports keep runways cleared? If the snow was that bad that even the airport couldn’t clear it, how could a car make it through? Also, doesn’t the NSA require all airports be fenced (heavily) off? I think this is crap and that your time would be better served convincing people why they should spend 1 thousand dollars on a Surface 2 Pro you are so excited about.