Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Plus Codes in Google Maps could fix erratic Indian addresses

Plus Codes in Google Maps could fix erratic Indian addresses

In a few cases where Google Maps doesn't understand the address precisely, the Smart Address search will try to use all the different known information's in the address to search and provide options for landmarks that will make it easier for the user to locate the address. Google also added "Voice Navigation" in six more languages: Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam.

Suren noted that since the time Google India launched Navigation in Hindi three years ago, they have consistently received requests to be able to change the voice-guided navigation from English to a local language. To tackle the problem, Google has developed what they call "Plus Codes", an open source method of mapping locations that are considered off the grid otherwise.

The Plus Codes concept divides the address into tiny "tiled areas" and assigns a unique code to each place. This code simply comprises a "six-character + City" format that can be generated, shared and searched by anyone; all that is needed is Google Maps on a smartphone.

The Plus Codes feature is already a part of the Google Maps, so you can begin using it to share addresses for even unmarked locations right away. And they don't use country codes, so they work in disputed territories.This would especially come in handy in unique situations like "communicating the venue of a temporary event, guiding emergency services to afflicted locations, and providing an identifiable location for complicated addresses", Google said. Just like we add businesses, we can also submit new or missing addresses through this feature.

The company advised people to avoid including personal details or names while adding an address.

The company also added that Google Maps have been updated with Smart Address search feature, wherein it won't give up, even if it is not possible to pinpoint the exact address. Moreover, you'll also get Local Guides points for each valid submission. After extensive research, Google is launching "Smart Address Search" to provide the best estimate of the location of an address.

It can be challenging to reach a given residential address in India. Several regions in the world bear no markers, such as street names or house numbers.

Google doesn't think this new format will replace street addresses. "We are deeply committed to helping find solutions to these challenges", Ruhela added.

"At Google Maps, our objective has always been about organising all location-related information, and making it more accessible and relevant for Indian users".

"India continues to inspire us, and pushes us to reimagine what Maps can do for people". India banned the Street View cars almost two years ago owing to security concerns and Google Maps in the country is mostly crowd-sourced.

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