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Hi Everyone

I want to share a solution I found for the bad GPS signal inside the iPace. Various reasons have been suggested as to why there is patchy GPS signal, I'm one of those that have really bad GPS reception on my Samsung S21+. I like to use Waze and having bad GPS tracking is frustrating.

I purchased a Bluetooth GPS receiver and paired it with my Android App to allow me to use an external GPS receiver.
I then put the GPS receiver in the rear window for much better signal locking and tracking.

The device I purchased was : BT821C BLUETOOTH GSM RECEIVER
It's from a South African supplier but I'm sure there are suppliers worldwide.
I used an Android app called Bluetooth GNSS to enable the GPS receiver to become the primary location device.
The app is available under : Bluetooth GNSS - GPS, Galileo, - Apps on Google Play
I followed the guide under : https://support.mxdeposit.net/hc/en...Bluetooth-GPS-Receiver-with-an-Android-Tablet

I hope this might help someone with the same issues.

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Sorry for my ignorance on this but - if you have the phone pairing to the Bluetooth GPS receiver, does that mean that same phone won't be able TK pair with the car for taking phone calls, Spotify etc?

I too have spotty reception with my android phone and this solution is tempting, but if the trade off is not being able to simultaneously pair the phone with the car for audio I may have to stick with the in built nav for a little while longer!
 

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The lack of a GPS signal in my I-Pace is absolutely maddending. I suspect it could be incrementally worsened by the fact that I've tinted every piece of glass; moonroof included.

However, if I'm plugged in an using Android Auto, I don't have an issue. That's hard to make sense of; the only thing I can think of is that AA is smart enough to use the GPS coordinates from the car instead of the phone?
 

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That's really interesting @Brendon and I had to look it up - seems like Android Auto can use the car's in built GPS if the car is programmed to allow GPS sharing.

Are you connecting wirelessly or plugged in to get Android Auto on the jag screen?

Also @stux or anyone else who knows - please let me know if I go with this GPS Bluetooth receiver route, does that mean we can't pair the phone to the I-Pace to make calls using the car audio and mic, casting music etc!
 

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@Brendon mine does not pick up GPS on Android Auto, and I'm always plugged in when I'm in the car. I've noticed even worse GPS when I'm plugged in.
I'm also up to date on the software so this is very interesting indeed. Do you have some more details on your setup? Versions?

@IPaceYouPace The GPS Bluetooth receiver route should work in tandem with pairing to the car for audio / calls. My iPace is in the workshop currently so I haven't tested this but Bluetooth support for multiple connections is now common on most smartphones.
 

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@IPaceYouPace this AAWireless thing looks really cool. I've ordered one, will test it as well. Thanks for the tip
It works great. I have an older version, and suspect that the newer ones are even further improved or refined. It's fantastic to be able to just get in the car and go.
I've used similar products from other vendors (e.g. Ottocast, which supports both AA and CarPlay) and this one is infinitely more reliable.
 

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I received the aa wireless dongle and have been using it for a couple of days now (I also installed the beta version of Android Auto to get the fancy new coolwalk split screen version of AA), and - yes finally - I can use Google maps again with a good GPS fix!

Really does seem like wireless AA allows for a proper GPS fix for Google maps - seems like it's using the car GPS system which works great.

Thank you @Brendon for the dongle recommendation and thanks @stux flr starting this conversation!

I'd recommend joining the beta programme of AA in the Google play store, updating so the AA app is in beta, then clearing your AA cache and rebooting your phone - that should get you the new version of AA (the coolwalk splitscreen version of AA - pic attaches showing the version number that'll indicate you're now on the coolwalk update).
 

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There is an area up by the rear view mirror that allows you to receive a GPS signal. It talks about this in the 2019 owners manual. My dash cam has a problem with the receiving a GPS signal until I hold it up next to the mirror. WINDOWS/SOLAR ATTENUATING GLASS
 
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