Google Unveils Plus Codes: A New, Open-Source Alternative to Street Addresses

Google Unveils Plus Codes: A New, Open-Source Alternative to Street Addresses

Google Unveils Plus Codes: A New, Open-Source Alternative to Street Addresses

These Plus codes can come in handy for a wide variety of reasons for instance- while communicating the venue of a temporary event, guiding emergency services to afflicted locations, or providing an identifiable location for complicated addresses.In an another step aimed at facilitating accurate and easy searching on Maps, Google has introduced an "Add an Address" feature.

India continues to inspire us and pushes us to reimagine what Maps can do for people.

Google India is now launching voice navigation in six additional Indian languages: Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam. This feature will allow individual users to add the address of their house or business establishment directly in the Google Maps after dropping the PIN at the location. According to the Plus Codes websites, it will work as a street address for places that don't have a street name.

Plus Codes are based on a system that divides the geographical surface of the Earth into tiny "tiled areas".

To find an address using a Plus Code, all you have to do is enter that Plus Code into the Search Bar of Google or Google Maps (either desktop or mobile), and you will instantly see the location.

Google doesn't think this new format will replace street addresses.

Apart from that, Google has also introduced 'Smart Address Search' which uses different pieces of information in an address to help users find the location they are looking for. In addition to this, a majority of addresses are hard to locate, especially those of people living in remote locations. The code comprises of 6 characters along with the city name that can be generated, shared and searched by anyone.

One of the newnesses is the open sourced solution called Plus Codes. The Plus Codes, in a way is not that unique because it seemingly uses the longitude and latitude information, but it is incredibly simple to generate and use, which could make it a very useful feature.

The open source nature of Plus Codes means that the applications that use location services can easily incorporate it on their platforms for free. India banned the Street View cars almost two years ago owing to security concerns and Google Maps in the country is mostly crowd-sourced.

Google launched Navigation in Hindi three years ago, and now they are bringing the voice-guided navigation in more local languages. "Add an address" is another feature that Google is adding to the Maps. Google Maps will now try and understand the landmarks in an address and instead of showing no results in some cases, it will display these landmarks when a long address search is typed. Smart Address Search provides the best estimate of the location of an address when people aren't aware of an exact address.

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