The GPS bug of April 6, 2019 is coming fast. By this date, older GPS units may no longer work. If you have a device that is older than 2010, you do not have much time left to act and update it.
This Saturday, April 6, 2019, some GPS will stop working. On that day, the Week Number Roll Over (WNRO) is going to turn the old receivers upside down. Every 19.7 years, on the 1024th week, your GPS calendar must be reset. When this reset is performed, GPS units purchased around or before 2010 may not interpret the date correctly. “Resetting could cause communication problems between GPS satellites and receiver chips, leading to malfunctions,” explains Coyote.
As the deadline approaches, some manufacturers, including TomTom, have warned users by email that “the performance of your device could be impacted by the WNRO”, report our colleagues at Numerama. If you use a device of the brand, you are invited to check your mailbox. Fortunately, not all GPS are affected by this bug. TomTom ensures that devices that are 3 to 5 years old will have no problems. For its part, Garmin assures that its models are simply not affected. To find out if your GPS needs to be updated, visit the brand’s website.
To update yourGPS, simply connect it to your computer and install the update suggested by the manufacturer. If you have chosen to have a GPS integrated in your car, you will need to download the update to a USB key to be able to install it. Warning, if your GPS is much older than 10 years, it is very likely that no update is available. Depending on your device, you may find that there are bugs in the travel time or arrival time. Nevertheless, the GPS will still be able to locate and guide you.
TomTom and Coyote have promised discounts for consumers who are forced to change their GPS. “Take advantage of our offers to replace it with a latest-generation model” explains TomTom. Did you receive an email from your GPS manufacturer? Have you updated your device yet?