Apple Maps sends skiers down dead-end road to fed-up homeowner

Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News
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WGAL - Lancaster/Harrisburg

Map app mix-up leads unwanted visitors onto private property

Map app mix-up leads unwanted visitors onto private property

For the past year and a half, a grandmother in rural Pennsylvania has been turning away drivers following directions suggested by Apple Maps to a local ski area.

According to the iPhone app, the best route to Roundtop Mountain is via Beaver Creek Road. One slight problem: It's a dead end. Judy Saltsburg, who lives at the end of the road, told WGAL-TV she comes out several times a day and explains to confused travelers that her driveway does not lead to the resort.

"I've had three in less than 24 hours," Saltsburg said. "Their big argument is that 'My app says this is the way to Roundtop.'"

The road is clearly marked as a dead end, and Saltsburg has put up several signs at her front gate ("Due to price increase on ammunition, do not expect warning shot" one reads), but that doesn't seem to deter the trickle of unwanted traffic.

"Some really bad kids went around another gate that we use for four-wheelers and horses, went over a downed pine tree and got stuck," she said.

Saltsburg says she's tried calling Apple — to no avail.

Of course, it's not the first time the Apple Maps app has been accused of giving bad directions.

In 2012, police in Australia urged motorists not to rely on Apple's then-new Maps app after several people became stranded inside a national park in scorching heat.

At the time, officials in Mildura, Australia, said Apple listed the town of 30,000 as being inside Murray-Sunset National Park — 45 miles from its actual location.

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