Google Maps Providing Inaccurate Location

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    I've never seen or read about this problem before, but the other night when I loaded up Google Maps through the car navigation menu it took a very long time to locate me but when it finally did GPS was telling me I was somewhere in Pennsylvania when I was actually in North Carolina. Additionally the GPS was tracking me headed NorthWest through Ohio without following any roads. It appeared as if it was actually tracking something that was flying in a relatively straight line. I tried to restart the app but it continued thinking I was 500+ miles away. Ultimately I restarted the phone and that fixed it, but I have no idea why that would happen in the first place.
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    Sounds like the phone just needed a quick reboot. Think of your phone as a computer. When my computer gets slow and sluggish, I do a reboot and fixes it.
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    I once had a standalone GPS inform me that I was crossing San Francisco bay about three miles north of the Bay Bridge. They aren't infallible.

    Reminds me of a story, probably apocryphal, about an early GPS on a BMW in Germany. Man buys car and drives off. Several hours later the car is in a canal. Seems the GPS was unaware that what it thought was a bridge crossing the canal was actually a ferry.

    And then there was the time that a GPS directed me to a vacant lot in Long Beach at 2AM and told me I had arrived at a hotel in downtown LA.
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    I read your similar story in another thread last night and was going to say well, I guess you could have slept in your car in Long Beach in that parking lot.
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    Yeah, it's the incipient Alzheimer's that has me repeating myself. But at least I don't ride a Kawasaki. :biggrin:
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    Hey, at least you ride a motorcycle apparently. What ya riding? Remember, I have an old man cruiser since I'm an old man.
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    I had the same problem. At times my Droid said I was in Edmond, OK when I'm in California. I backed my data and settings up using a free app called "My Backup" and did a factory reset. It fixed the problem 100%
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    Thanks for the information. The simple reboot did resolve the issue, but it made me wonder why it happened in the first place. My phone hadn't needed a reboot since the last F/W update.
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