I went for a ride-along with Waze earlier this year, learning about all sorts of smart features for the navigation app. Several months have since passed by and Waze is said to be better than ever. And one of the more notable updates is the implementation of Waze Beacons in tunnels.

“But why do I need GPS navigation in a tunnel?”

It’s a common misconception that all tunnels simply lead you in one way and spit you out the other way. In several major cities around the world, you’ll find multiple exits within the tunnels themselves. And even when that’s not the case, there might be exit ramps immediately after the tunnel, in which case the driver might not be in the right lane by the time the phone grabs the GPS signal back. That’s just not good enough.

That’s where the Waze Beacons come into play. The fully scalable underground navigation solution consists of these little pocket-sized modules that can be placed in tunnels. They’re battery-powered, so they don’t need direct access to a power source, and the batteries are said to last several years before needing to be changed.

Waze Beacons Keep You Navigating Through Tunnels

What’s more, the Waze Bacons use “free and open technology,” so the solution becomes available to non-Waze users too. It’s win-win all around and each beacon is only a few dollars. The beacons have already been installed in Paris, Pittsburgh and Rio de Janeiro with more municipalities and tunnel operators coming on board all the time.


Yes, you might still lose your satellite radio and your live Twitter updates temporarily, but at least with Waze Beacons, you won’t lose your way as you drive through a tunnel.

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