Currently only available for Android devices, this feature is not present in the iOS version of Google Maps.
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Google Maps has introduced an innovative feature by adding support for Bluetooth beacons, facilitating navigation in tunnels. Although currently only available for Android devices, this feature is not present in the Google Maps version for iOS. It is important to note that it will only be effective in tunnels equipped with Bluetooth beacons.
Bluetooth beacons are compact devices that emit signals detectable by smartphones, providing location information in environments where GPS may not be functional, such as tunnels.
It can be enabled by allowing the search for nearby devices
Although Waze, owned by Google, has implemented Bluetooth beacons since 2016 for tunnel navigation, this feature was restricted exclusively to the Waze app. Now, Google Maps for Android also leverages these beacons to improve location accuracy in specific tunnels.
To activate this feature, you can go to Settings >> Navigation Settings >> Driving options in the app. Although it comes disabled by default, it can be easily enabled by allowing the search for nearby devices. Once activated, Google Maps will use Bluetooth beacons to provide a more efficient navigation experience in tunnels equipped with the Waze Beacons program.
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