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Apple Maps Sending Tourists Through Unfinished Tunnel

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Apple Maps Sending Tourists Through Unfinished Tunnel

Vaðlaheiðargöng Tunnel

Vaðlaheiði Tunnel. Photo: A screenshot from RÚV.

Apple’s GPS service Apple Maps is leading tourists on a dangerous route through an unfinished tunnel in North Iceland, RÚV reports. Sunna Kristjana Zóphaníasdóttir, the tunnel’s construction manager, says tourists have been attempting to drive through the tunnel since last summer.

Vaðlaheiði Tunnel is located on Route 1 between Akureyri and Húsavík in North Iceland. Though the tunnel is currently several months from completion, Apple’s GPS services have already updated it as a viable route between Akureyri and Húsavík.

“It’s on Apple Maps and people kind of follow their phone, even though there are signs that say otherwise and markings that tell you you’re not supposed to drive here,” says Sunna.

Employees working on the tunnel’s construction do their best to ward away travellers, but it is proving difficult to prevent them from driving through the tunnel. Sunna says it is impossible to close off the tunnel to traffic, as construction vehicles require constant access. “Naturally we don’t have any physical barriers because of course there is traffic in and out of the area, both ways, every day, day and night.”

Sunna has attempted to bring the issue to Apple’s attention, without success. “It is very dangerous,” she states. “As you can see there are huge machines here everywhere operating all day every day.”

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