GPS

Why is my phone's GPS inaccurate when I drive?

Samsung Galaxy Phones

Episode 1623

Danny from Prescott, AZ

Danny called last week about his phone's GPS lagging behind where he actually was. His wife recently figured out what was wrong, and that was the metal mesh that supports the rearview mirror attached to the windshield was causing interference. When he moved the phone to the left side of his windshield, the GPS was suddenly accurate again. Leo says that makes sense. The Mesh is causing a kind of Faraday cage for that particular area of your dashboard.

Why can't I use my Maps app in my car?

Apple Maps in Carplay

Episode 1621

Danny from Prescott, AZ

Danny is getting different results using his Map app in his three cars. Two of his cars has his maps apps working great in them, but his Hybrid doesn't work well at all with his maps app at all. Leo suspects that Danny's hybrid may have something in its design that prevents the phone from triangulating its position with GPS satellites. Some electric cars don't have AM radios because of interference from the electric engine. So it may be that there's interference going on.

What is a Good Online Community for Photography?

Flickr

Episode 1603

Steve from San Antonio, California

Steve is amazed at how GPS mapping apps can know what the best and fastest route is. Leo says that WAZE is crowd sourced, so it gets real time traffic data from Waze users themselves, and it can work to route you around it.

Steve is also a photographer and wants to know what are good online sources to share and get feedback. Leo says that while it has changed recently, Flickr is a good place to post for community input. 

Sam Abuelsamid ... GPS'd

Sam wants to talk about GPS, which helps you to figure out where you are around the planet. So far, there's GPS here in the US, Russia has GLONASS, and Europe has their own. China is also developing their own GPS network. Experts estimate that our economy is so dependent on GPS, we could lose $1 Billion a day should it go down. It works by triangulating three GPS satellites that sync up with time code to estimate the distance from where you are to the satellite, and then it calculates where you are on the planet. 

How can I track my kids?

Jiobit

Episode 1597

Lyle from Jackson, MI

Lyle is looking for a tracking device for kids, so he can keep track of them, especially when missing. Leo says that there's the Little Tracker ($69) and there's some you can put in shows and other clothing. The Trax Play is $99 plus a $10 monthly subscription. The cool feature is Geo Fencing, which alerts you when the kid moves out of a set area. TomGuide has a list of the Best GPS trackers for kids here - https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-gps-child-trackers,review-2884.html

What's a good Android tablet with GPS?

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

Episode 1591

Chris from Rhode Island

Chris needs a new tablet that supports GPS. Leo recommends the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 with LTE. Leo suggests Chris to go to his carrier store (AT&T) and tell them you're thinking of going with the competition. They'll give you a good deal to keep your business.

Chris also asks how he can mount his tablet? Leo says to put a metal disc on the back and affix it to your dash with a magnet. It's perfectly safe.

How can I add GPS to my photos?

GPS Maps

Episode 1589

Norm from Simi Valley, CA

Norm is a contractor and likes to GeoTag photos for his clients. But Google killed Picasa, which is what he uses. What can he do to add the GPS coordinates to it? Leo says that in the EXIF data of your phone's photos will be the GPS coordinates. Upload them to an album of Google Photos and you should be able to have it show photos on a map. It's called Google MyMaps. Create a new album, then new layer, then import. 

Can the iPhone Show Me where I am?

Google & Apple Maps

Episode 1587

Mark from Reno, NV

Mark needs to prove where he was to someone. Leo says that you can see where you've been by going to google.com/dashboard. Click on maps, then more, then timeline. If it's enabled in the application settings, you will see a history of where your phone has checked in within the network. It should go as far back as 18 months at least. If that isn't good enough, you could contact your carrier as they will have that information available. But that information is only available to law enforcement as they can get access to that information without a warrant. So using Google is your best bet.

How can I wire my motorcycle with GPS to track it?

Episode 1560

Rick from San Diego, CA

Rick just bought a new motorcycle and is worried about it getting stolen. Is there a lojack or a GPS he can install onto the bike? Leo says that LoJack used to sell one, but they have discontinued it. Scorpio is commonly mentioned. It's a hands free motorcycle alarm with GPS.

Scooter X offers this - https://bestmotorcyclegpsguide.net/top-4-gps-trackers-motorcycles/.

Why are the maps on my iPad so inaccurate?

Apple iPad

Episode 1530

Dave from Sarasota, FL

Dave loves to drive when he travels, but the most recent car he has doesn't have a CarPlay option. How can he use an iPad as a CarPlay alternative for maps? Leo says a Wi-Fi iPad doesn't have GPS and as such, the maps are going to be inaccurate. Wi-Fi does triangulation of Wi-Fi signals that it can read, whereas GPS uses location based on a triangulation of GPS signals and cellular towers, which is far more accurate. He'd be better off using an iPad that has LTE.