Irish Minister Concerned That The Crumminess Of iOS 6 Maps Will Result In Planes Crashing In Dublin

Irish Minister Concerned That The Crumminess Of iOS 6 Maps Will Result In Planes Crashing In Dublin

This is not an airport, iOS 6.

iOS 6’s Maps is the biggest criticism of Apple’s new mobile operating system. In short, it’s clearly years behind Google Maps, which previously powered Maps in past versions of iOS. Most of the time, complaints about Apple’s new Maps accuse the latter of being under-developed and unreliable compared to Google Maps, but the Irish government has a different concern: they are worried that iOS 6 Maps will result in pilots crashing their airplanes directly into a park.

Here’s the issue. In Dundrum, County Dublin, there’s a park called Airfield Park, which is despite its name home to a city farm, some gardens, a cafe and more. It’s a common recreational spot for the neighborhood, spread across 35-acres.

The problem is that in iOS 6 Maps, Apple has labeled Airfield Park as an actual airport, complete with an Airport icon. It’s an obvious human error, but it’s got at least one Irish politican concerned that a pilot might try to use his iPhone or iPad to land smack dabble in the middle of the Park.

Breakingnews.ie reports:

The Minister for Justice Alan Shatter is to contact Apple over concerns that Airfield in Dundrum in Dublin has been designated with the image of an airport on its new ‘map app’.

Minister Shatter says the designation is dangerously misleading and could lead to a pilot who’s unfamiliar with the area, attempting a landing there in an emergency situation.

He has called on the makers of the iPhone to urgently correct the image and has suggested a variety of alternative images for Airfield House such as a cow, a goat, a sheep or a flower.

As a citizen of Ireland and a man whom, like many of his countrymen, stumbles around dangerously drunk almost all of the time, this fear probably isn’t as absurd as it first appears. The impact on good sense that one too many pints of Guinness can have is legendary; if I once went home with horrid old Dearbhla O’Donnell after my fifth pint against all of my better sense and sanity, it’s easy for me to imagine a soused Irish pilot landing his plane one-handed in Dundrum based off of what his iPhone told him.

On a serious note, it’s worth mentioning the fact that Google Maps is a very mature, world-class platform, and it’s going to take Apple time to catch up to them. Still, this has got to sting for Apple: they are used to releasing the best experience possible when they enter a new market, and with Maps, they’ve done just the opposite.

  • ddevito

    It’s scary to think any pilot would use any gadget to navigate the skies. With that said the new maps app is absolutely atrocious

  • ddevito

    I hope all the iSheep are starting to appreciate Google.

  • philbert81

    This is stupid. As a pilot O can tell you that no other pilot will use IOS6 maps to navigate with. There are special charts. I use jeppesens app on my iPad when flying. It has all the charts we need.

  • Atienne

    All I want to know is what airline uses iPhones to land so I can NEVER, EVER, fly with them.

  • philbert81
    I hope all the iSheep are starting to appreciate Google.

    Android doesn’t have any apps for inflight navigation like the apple App Store does. I work as a pilot, and the only phone or tablets you will see at my work are apple.

    PS. Shut the hell up, and stop trolling you $&@!en idiot.

  • ddevito
    I hope all the iSheep are starting to appreciate Google.

    Android doesn’t have any apps for inflight navigation like the apple App Store does. I work as a pilot, and the only phone or tablets you will see at my work are apple.

    PS. Shut the hell up, and stop trolling you $&@!en idiot.

    That has nothing to do with what I said – read slower next time, take an aspirin if your head hurts.

  • philbert81
    I hope all the iSheep are starting to appreciate Google.

    Android doesn’t have any apps for inflight navigation like the apple App Store does. I work as a pilot, and the only phone or tablets you will see at my work are apple.

    PS. Shut the hell up, and stop trolling you $&@!en idiot.

    That has nothing to do with what I said – read slower next time, take an aspirin if your head hurts.

    Why do android fanboys like to troll is all the time. Stupid android sheep.

  • philbert81

    I hope all the iSheep are starting to appreciate Google.

    And another thing. I am tired of android fanboys like you trolling apple fanboy websites just because you bought a cheap plastic crapy android phone that will fall apart in a few week, and now the only way to satisfy your jealousy is to troll. Every time you post some trolling crap on this site , I will be here to call you out. It’s on!

  • Len Williams

    As far as I understand, it’s completely illegal for any pilot to use an iPhone or iPad to navigate a plane unless he/she is using specific approved flight software and an aviation-approved iPad—and no, neither Google Maps or Apple’s new maps are certified for flying. A goof in Ireland of a single park being misidentified as an airfield is what it is, a goof. There are bound to be other inaccuracies that show up and that will get corrected in the mapping software. I’m reminded of the many stories when GPS direction devices were new about people being directed down railway tracks, over cliffs and into walls—and news reports of how some people were dumb enough to obey their GPS units instead of their own eyes.

    What I didn’t know until recently is WHY iOS didn’t have turn by turn directions built into its maps before iOS 6. I thought it was very odd, especially since it’s been a feature of Android devices for some time. Apple had a contract with Google for its maps, but Google refused to license its turn by turn directions technology to Apple. Google was purposely withholding it so that it could be a selling point for Android. Therefore Apple had to create its own maps. When you consider the billions upon billions of parks, roads, paths, highways, buildings and businesses that exist on the planet, and then consider that these often change over time, it’s a massive undertaking.

    It’s a glitch, which is something to be expected in new technology. Don’t blow it out of proportion into a world-shattering problem.

  • Tom Ryan

    Obviously the minister was joking. No pilots use Apple Maps for navigation

  • philbert81

    As far as I understand, it’s completely illegal for any pilot to use an iPhone or iPad to navigate a plane unless he/she is using specific approved flight software and an aviation-approved iPad—and no, neither Google Maps or Apple’s new maps are certified for flying. A goof in Ireland of a single park being misidentified as an airfield is what it is, a goof. There are bound to be other inaccuracies that show up and that will get corrected in the mapping software. I’m reminded of the many stories when GPS direction devices were new about people being directed down railway tracks, over cliffs and into walls—and news reports of how some people were dumb enough to obey their GPS units instead of their own eyes.

    What I didn’t know until recently is WHY iOS didn’t have turn by turn directions built into its maps before iOS 6. I thought it was very odd, especially since it’s been a feature of Android devices for some time. Apple had a contract with Google for its maps, but Google refused to license its turn by turn directions technology to Apple. Google was purposely withholding it so that it could be a selling point for Android. Therefore Apple had to create its own maps. When you consider the billions upon billions of parks, roads, paths, highways, buildings and businesses that exist on the planet, and then consider that these often change over time, it’s a massive undertaking.

    It’s a glitch, which is something to be expected in new technology. Don’t blow it out of proportion into a world-shattering problem.

    It’s not illegal. The FAA has approved a number of 121 and 135 operations to use iPads for inflight navigation. 121 and 135 are cargo and airline operations. And General aviation pilots that are part 91 operations have no such restrictions. The only reason the pilots have you turn off all electrical devises for takeoff and landing was because they weren’t entirely sure how the old analog phones would effect the navigation equipment.

  • ddevito
    I hope all the iSheep are starting to appreciate Google.

    And another thing. I am tired of android fanboys like you trolling apple fanboy websites just because you bought a cheap plastic crapy android phone that will fall apart in a few week, and now the only way to satisfy your jealousy is to troll. Every time you post some trolling crap on this site , I will be here to call you out. It’s on!

    My Nexus is running wonderfully, but thanks for your concern. I wouldn’t start criticizing Android phones, too bad the shiny iPhone 5 has coating/paint issues around its band, trust me you’ll start hearing the iSheep cry over it. For now enjoy your new maps, clearly Apple knew how important it was to dump Google.

  • FriarNurgle

    Never really used Google maps on my iPhone anyway. Picked up Navigon a while back when it was 1/2 off. Great nav app. I’ll admit to using it’s Google powered POI search all the time. It’s just the turn by turn nav with Google maps on the iPhone way crap. When my iPhone 5 get’s delivered I’ll give the maps app a try but am speculating sticking with Navigon.

  • WaynerOscar

    like Curtis said I am shocked that some people able to get paid $8893 in 4 weeks on the computer. have you seen this page (Click on menu Home more information) http://goo.gl/wyIY2

  • philbert81
    I hope all the iSheep are starting to appreciate Google.

    And another thing. I am tired of android fanboys like you trolling apple fanboy websites just because you bought a cheap plastic crapy android phone that will fall apart in a few week, and now the only way to satisfy your jealousy is to troll. Every time you post some trolling crap on this site , I will be here to call you out. It’s on!

    My Nexus is running wonderfully, but thanks for your concern. I wouldn’t start criticizing Android phones, too bad the shiny iPhone 5 has coating/paint issues around its band, trust me you’ll start hearing the iSheep cry over it. For now enjoy your new maps, clearly Apple knew how important it was to dump Google.

    Troll alert! Troll alert! Troll alert!

  • ninjajay

    With the new iOS maps, small towns near me have disappeared altogether, the local shopping complex has all but vanished. It looks pretty but it is next to useless! I was so frustrated with the new iOS maps I decided to start a petition, help rally to bring back Google maps! Go to http://www.iosmapsfail.com/ and have a say!

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