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Google Maps It has become the standard navigation app for many drivers. However, the service requires constant GPS connectionThis is not always the case, especially in tunnels. There is now a setting option for navigation using a smartphone that improves accuracy in tunnels. This is what the Smart Droid website says.
Google Maps uses Bluetooth beacons
Google relies on the so-called Bluetooth beacons – small Bluetooth devices In the tunnel wall, which communicates with Android smartphones and can provide their precise location. These devices are very affordable, costing only a few euros apiece, and are very energy efficient thanks to the BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) radio standard.
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It was founded in 2006 and was purchased by Google in 2013 Navigation company Waze Brings Like these lighthouses For example, even in tunnels in USA, France, Italy, Belgium, Czech Republic, Israel, Norway, Brazil And Chilean in. Obviously, Google Maps also uses Waze Beacons to determine location. It is not known whether signals from external providers are also used.
This is how you activate the option
The option is turned off by default, but can be turned off Settings activation. To do this, do the following:
- Open the Google Maps menu by clicking on the colored circle on the right in the search bar
- There click on “Settings”
- Then click on “Navigation Settings”
- Scroll down and enable the “Bluetooth Beacons for Tunnels” option.
If the option is activated, Google Maps will automatically search for Bluetooth signals when you are in the tunnel. This increases location accuracy – provided Bluetooth signals are available.
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