Waze, Bluetooth and tunnels

 

I keep seeing a prompt on Waze suggesting that I turn on Bluetooth on my smartphone when I travel to the Boston airport, a route which goes thru several tunnels. I had not turned on Bluetooth until last night when I made the trip again. Per the article, posted summer of last year, Waze has installed beacons which permit its app to know your precise location when underground.

TheBostonGlobe wrote:

Beacons Will Bring GPS Signal to Boston Tunnels

Published Jul 19, 2017

Drivers frustrated by GPS signal loss in Boston's tunnels can soon rest at ease.

MassDOT has teamed up with navigation app Waze to install hundreds of navigational beacons to maintain GPS signal underground, according to the Boston Globe.

The beacons will be installed in the Ted Williams, Central Artery and O’Neill tunnels by the end of the month.

Waze is providing the beacons, which have already been installed in Pittsburgh, Paris and Israel, for free as part of a pilot program.

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Good to know

Good to know

Waze, Bluetooth And Tunnels

Sounds like a great idea

sounds like a great idea, but ...

It sounds like a wonderful idea, but is that necessary?, is it possible people may get lost in tunnels without GPS signal?

Well

butterball wrote:

It sounds like a wonderful idea, but is that necessary?, is it possible people may get lost in tunnels without GPS signal?

it's obviously necessary since some people drive into rivers because the GPS told them to. smile

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waze reports back

butterball wrote:

It sounds like a wonderful idea, but is that necessary?, is it possible people may get lost in tunnels without GPS signal?

Waze is not only a navigation app. It is two-way in that it reports back to the Waze (Google) server your location in real time. In this case it would report the speed of traffic inside the tunnels and then display it as the red, yellow, or green highlights on the map for all users to see.

When you are stopped dead inside the tunnel, you are part of a continuous red line!

dobs108 smile

I am confused

I am confused. How does using Waze help when my navigation device is primarily Garmin Driveassist 51? Is there a way to use both a Garmin device and Android app Waze together at the same time? I like the features of Waze, especially the spotting of a police vehicle & fender bender, that a Garmin device does not provide.

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I believe that I am understanding the question

packforkids wrote:

I am confused. How does using Waze help when my navigation device is primarily Garmin Driveassist 51? Is there a way to use both a Garmin device and Android app Waze together at the same time? I like the features of Waze, especially the spotting of a police vehicle & fender bender, that a Garmin device does not provide.

Your Garmin uses a map set that is downloaded on the GPS and Waze uses maps that are maintained by Google Maps and is used by your phone. It is possible to use both at the same time because they are two separate systems. Waze maps are undoubtedly more up to date than the ones on your GPS because they are updated more frequently.For example, there is a new interchange being built on I71 a few miles from my house. It is already on the Waze map with a notation that it is closed. However, on the most recent Garmin update, there is nothing on there concerning this new interchange. With this being an interstate highway I believe it will probably be on the next update from Garmin, but, who knows. A lot depends on if they notify Here far enough in advance for it to be included.

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