USE PAPER MAPS, they will never go out of style or lose value!!! I use Google Maps and GPS from time to time, esp. if I am in someplace I am unfamiliar with, but I never rely solely on digital directions.When I lived in the US (growing up in Virginia) I kept an atlas of the State in my car and now that I live in Beirut I also keep a map of Lebanon and a city guide of Beirut in my car...for those moments that Google/GPS fails or when I need to plan a route and don't have internet access (which is quite common here).
I have a good friend back in the States that I respect highly, but she depends on the GPS to get her around her own city (where's she's lived for 10+ years)...for crying out loud, it isn't difficult to memorize a few landmarks and road names and learn how to navigate!
Its sad that people are being put in some danger, but some planning, common sense, and basic navigation skills can solve this problem. Apple does need to address the issue but its not Apple's fault if someone who can't be bothered to check on a route dies due to getting lost.