Apple's Maps App Directs Alaska Drivers onto Airport Taxiway

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Drivers who use Apple's Maps app for directions to the Fairbanks International Airport in Alaska are being instructed to drive onto an airport taxiway, reports AlaskaDispatch. The taxiway is located directly across from the runway, which is used by aircraft on a regular basis. Though the instructions do not direct drivers to the runway, people have driven there by mistake.

    According to the airport's chief of operations, Melissa Osborn, out-of-town drivers have driven onto airport property twice in the past several weeks, crossing the runway and driving directly to the airport ramp side of the passenger terminal. "These folks drove past several signs. They even drove past a gate. None of that cued them that they did something inappropriate," she said.

    Though airport staff have complained to Apple via the attorney general's office, the Maps app is currently still routing drivers to the taxiway. Apple's legal department promised a quick fix, but the issue reoccured causing the airport to close access to Taxiway Bravo. Apple has now promised a fix by Wednesday.

    Apple's Maps app has managed to stay out of the spotlight in recent months, but this is not the first time Maps users have been given potentially life threatening advice. Back in December, the Maps app was directing motorists in Victoria, Australia to the middle of the wilderness.

    Apple has made efforts to improve its mapping app after facing significant criticism over data inaccuracies when the app launched. The company has hired dozens of "ground truth" experts around the world to improve the quality of its mapping service and has also acquired a number of mapping apps including HopStop, Locationary, and Embark.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook famously apologized for Maps after its disastrous launch, stating that Apple was "extremely sorry" for the frustration that it had caused, promising to work "non-stop" until Maps was improved.

    Update: Apple has removed the taxiways from its Maps app and added several "Road Closed" icons in the vicinity to help alert drivers, but the app is now unable to offer directions to the airport.


    Article Link: Apple's Maps App Directs Alaska Drivers onto Airport Taxiway
  2. freedevil macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2007
    Apple should have just paid google instead of going through this inefficient route. Tom tom will never be as good.
  3. macs4nw macrumors 601


    Oops, is that a plane coming at me, on my side of the road? No, it's a lawsuit taxiing down the runway!
  4. Theclamshell macrumors 68030

    Mar 2, 2009
  5. iWasThere062907 macrumors newbie


    Jan 4, 2008

    This image must be photoshopped! I call your bluff! :)
  6. macrumors 6502a

    May 4, 2011
    Mumbai (India)

    Maybe by the time 'turn by turn direction' feature comes to India it will be perfect.
  7. Supacon macrumors member


    Jul 7, 2011
    This is so funny but oh so sad. After a year Apple's maps seem to have only marginally improved and they are so slow to fix egregious well-known errors. Big ones.

    As an aside, my dad has been complaining to Apple to get his business listed for a year now, and yes, it is listed in Yelp but it doesn't make any difference. It's very frustrating for us.
  8. dnask8 macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Good to know you can straight up drive onto the airport in Alaska. Remember that Homeland Security thing? Guess they don't up there.
  9. Joe-Diver macrumors 6502


    Aug 2, 2009
    "Turn right on taxiway B"
    "Hold short for landing flight"
    "Proceed to terminal A Gate 36"
    "Turn your dumbass blind following butt over to police"
  10. DollaTwentyFive, Sep 24, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2013

    DollaTwentyFive macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2010
    Parts Unknown
    Is this the only airport in the US without a fence or gate?

    Ha ha. I just used maps to get directions from my location. Sure enough, it tells me to turn onto taxiway bravo. Awesome!
  11. Jeff3f macrumors member

    Nov 12, 2010
    forget turning electronic devices off for take-off/landing. These guys needed to switch them off before leaving the house!
  12. Schtumple macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2007
    Nobody will top this.
  13. Ellmer macrumors member


    Jul 13, 2009
    Brighton, UK
    I don't understand why this is front page news?
  14. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

    Taz Mangus

    Mar 10, 2011
  15. komocode macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2013
    The decision to turn onto the taxiway was up in the air.
  16. randyj macrumors regular


    Aug 23, 2004
    How is this still front page news.
    Google maps was riddled with errors in the early days. It took 4 years for them to update a 2 way street I worked in from a one way street.
    It is only because Apple has 700 million IOS devices out there that a lot of errors have been found. All will be fixed in due course.
  17. Theclamshell macrumors 68030

    Mar 2, 2009
    Just wanted to land a good pun...

    Alrighty I'm done :p
  18. KoolAid-Drink macrumors 65816

    Sep 18, 2013
    Because the author was hoping this article would take off and gain at least 10,000 viewers ;)

  19. mbh, Sep 24, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2013

    mbh macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2002
    Apple should fix this bogus road. The Airport should have a fence (with a closed gate) around the runway to prevent random traffic from wandering in there. The drivers who did this should be fined and sent to driver's education school for failure to pay attention to where they were driving. Seems like lots of fault to go around, but it's ultimately the driver's responsibility to drive safely.

    People have been doing dumb things in their cars a lot longer than Apple Maps has been around.
  20. rydewnd2 macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2007
    New York City
    Google wouldn't give iOS users turn by turn navigation at all. The only reason they have it now is to appear the "better" alternative to Apple Maps. I've had Google maps give me insane directions also, Apple's just getting all the press because of how poorly they came out of the gates.
  21. aloshka macrumors 65816

    Aug 30, 2009
    Absolutely not!!! Google has ads everywhere. I searched for my bank and had 5 ads that showed up for refinancing a house. I will take Apple maps anytime. Granted, the directions have been perfect for me in CO.

    Afterwards I got ads for bank of the west, which is my bank. Nice that google remembered that and kept throwing me ads. Google maps finally defeated privacy.
  22. Kaibelf macrumors 68020


    Apr 29, 2009
    Silicon Valley, CA
    It was never about that. Google was demanding access to the data on your phone. Sorry, but someone else's inability to read a sign doesn't outweigh my privacy.
  23. captain kaos macrumors 65816

    captain kaos

    Jan 16, 2008
  24. aloshka macrumors 65816

    Aug 30, 2009
    I agree with you. I'm not a fanboy, but google maps was sometimes off by an entire city in CO. It was fixed after so many years. And then when it became good, they plagued it with ads.

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