Photo via mStar
Ever used a navigation app through the SMART Tunnel only to see “Searching for GPS” once you enter it? Bet we all have!
Well, you’ll be happy to know that it’s going to be smooth sailing from here on out!
U Mobile has partnered with Waze and SMART Tunnel to make GPS connectivity possible for all drivers commuting through the world’s longest dual purpose tunnel, so you no longer have to worry about getting lost or taking the wrong exit out the other side.
Thanks to the installation of Bluetooth-enabled hardware devices known as Waze Beacons, you will get seamless connectivity and undisrupted navigation, even in areas where there is limited GPS signal reception.
“U Mobile is a firm believer in unleashing the unlimited potential of technology, be it 5G trials, 4G network expansion or service innovation. This latest partnership with Waze and SMART Tunnel has made U Mobile the first telco in the world to power uninterrupted GPS navigation in a tunnel. With Waze’s Beacons technology, all mobile device users, regardless of which telco service they are subscribed to, will now be able to leverage on the full features of Waze uninterrupted throughout the tunnel,” said U Mobile Chief Marketing Officer, Jasmine Lee.
To ensure undisrupted navigation in the SMART Tunnel, drivers simply have to enable their Bluetooth connections on their devices.
As of today, almost 240 Waze Beacons have been installed along the 5.2km-long tunnel.
“With the Waze Beacons installed in the SMART Tunnel, our users’ travel experience will become smoother and more convenient as they will enjoy uninterrupted GPS navigation and are able to share real-time information that may translate to updates on traffic conditions and proposed directions. Users will also be able to get updates on traffic jams, road closures or accidents that may have happened inside the tunnel and its surroundings, enhancing drivers’ safety as well,” says Mohd Noor Mohd Ali, Chief Operating Officer of SMART.
To use the service, all Waze users in the SMART Tunnel will be prompted to turn on Bluetooth to enjoy uninterrupted GPS navigation.
For more info, visit www.u.com.my.
Drive safe, guys!
by Kyle Roshen Jacob