Waze has introduced that it’s increasing its Waze Beacon program to New York Metropolis tunnels at present, working along with the MTA and Port Authority to enhance navigation apps (together with Waze, clearly) when underground. The modifications begin at present, with Waze Beacons going reside within the Holland Tunnel, Lincoln Tunnel, Queens-Midtown Tunnel, and Hugh L. Carey (Brooklyn-Battery) Tunnel.
The Waze Beacons themselves are simply battery-powered microcontrollers that use low-powered Bluetooth alerts to speak with smartphones, permitting for Waze to supply various location providers to drivers even when out of GPS vary (counting on Google’s near-field Eddystone expertise to speak).
The Beacons are put in on tunnel methods and can be utilized to ferry data to drivers underground (for privateness causes, the Beacons solely relay data a method), making it attainable to alert drivers of sudden modifications in site visitors or accidents even with out GPS.
As Waze factors out on its Beacons web site, different navigation providers make the most of Waze’s Beacons to supply the identical sort of help, too, so in idea you’ll be capable to make the most of the improved service even if you happen to’re not particularly a Waze person.