Android Auto - Use Car Antenna
Right now, when connecting to Android Auto, Waze still uses the phone GPS antenna. In comparison, Google Maps pulls the location from the headset/car antenna, which is often placed optimally to maximize GPS signal strength from within the car.
Please set Waze to use the car's GPS antenna when connected via Android Auto
Ted Objartel commented
Bob McCormick commented
Technically Waze wouldn't be using the vehicle's antenna through Android Auto, but instead location information that can be provided by the vehicle to Waze over the Android Auto connection.
I believe this is already working. It does require compatibility between the app, the device the app is running on and the vehicle.
Not sure why this would be so difficult for Waze to use the car's GPS via Android Auto. If GMaps can do it, why not Waze?
Pierre-Luc Garcia commented
I just changed my car and the new one has an athermic windshield, so the GPS signal is too weak inside the car.
Waze becomes useless because the location is not longer precise enough to keep the car on the road. Maps uses the car GPS device and works fine. BTW, no notifications for radars and dangers.
It will be a killer feature for Android Auto and not very complex to implement, maybe just a tick on the settings page to choose between internal or car GPS when in Android Auto mode. Providers are easy to detect and switch using the Android API ;)
Eugen Proschek commented
As you are working on the Waze beacons for tunnels, this could solve this problem, since most of the telematic units in the cars can track the car's location in tunnels as well...
and in general this would solve many issues... Cars are getting more and more "padded" on the inside and outside. Loosing gps signal during phone call is annoying as well and so on so on... Using the car's location data can hit many birds with one stone.
PLease please get this tou your roadmap.
As a product manager on mobility product I recommned this highly.
Android auto + Waze + my car = no smartphone GPS. The car does fully block the GPS signal.
thus leading to not possible to use WAZE with Androit Auto.
Only the InCar GPS works.
When will Waze starts to use the InCar GPS ??????
Yes i cannot use waze in my car becaoe of that.
When I receive a call, my phone turns off the integrated GPS.
If I use a car GPS, I can still follow Waze's navigation.
Please put this on the roadmap!
Alexander Roos commented
That's the only thing holding me back from using waze as my default navigation app. My phone is located under the dash and the GPS signal is terrible. Google maps is using my cars GPS antenna which results in an excellent accuracy.
Jonathan C commented
This is highly required as I've noticed the GPS signals not as accurate/responsive as they were in my old car before I started using Android Auto.. My new car has a wireless charging dock for the phone which is essentially under the dash which is making the GPS signal weak... It makes sense to use the cards GSP receiver as it will be a lot more accurate and better positioned...
Also wish to strongly lend my support to this suggestion, though it looks like Waze don't care.
Ken Krutsch commented
I just learned this and so, switched back to Google Maps with Android Auto. I was wondering why Waze seemed to take a long time acquire initial location and respond to turns not recommended by Waze navigation. Now we know why.
Indeed reception on my Civic '17 while using Waze was poor. The phone was buried under the center console.
Tony Shen commented
How do you know Waze uses the internal GPS antenna ? Please also note, a phone can support many satellite system like GPS, GLONASS, BEIDOU, GALILEO, QZSS (my Huawei Mate 20 do) while the car infortainment system normally only support the 1st one, the current model could support the second one. This could lead to phone can have a better location sensitivity, even it use the its own, internal antenna. The only exception, is the car can offer all five satllite signals to phone, which I think it is quite unlikely right now.
Absolutely! Using the car's antenna also means your head unit is likely pulling speed info from your vehicle, which helps the accuracy of the screen data. Get with the program, Waze.
Agree. I'd rarther use waze than google maps, but because waze uses phone gps instead of my aftermarket stereo gps on my dashboard I'm left with google maps for now. Please change this in upcoming patches.
Totally agree. Also, since Waze uses only the phone's GPS, I experience battery drain even if plugged into my head unit's USB port for Android Auto use. When I use Google Maps Navigation on Android Auto, the car's GPS antenna is used instead, and my phone actually charges.