Google has updated its Maps with a new location-based digital addressing system. This new feature is aimed at making the location-related information more relevant and accessible to the Indian users. Google Maps has taken into consideration the complexity of residential addresses which are usually unique in format and also vary across regions.
Google has launched a new open sourced solution called the Plus Codes. The premise of this system is that it breaks down the geographical surface of the earth into tiny segments or ‘tiled areas’ and assigns a unique individual code to each one of them. The code can be broken down into a format that is made up of ‘6-character+City.’ This code can be generated by anyone and can be shared with others who can find the location in relatively easy manner. Applications like Uber that source their locations from Google Maps will be highly benefitted.
In order to use the code, all one needs to do is enter it in the Google Search field or directly on Google Maps and you will be shown the location instantaneously. This feature can be used to communicate a location in various real-life use cases and it will also help businesses to convey their locations.
More Number of verified addresses is only going to increase the accuracy of the Google Maps. It is for this reason that Google has started allowing users to contribute to the Map Experiences by adding businesses. This can be done by ‘Add an Address’ feature and the businesses will be displayed once verified by Google. Valid submissions will be rewarded with Local Guides points.
Google has also worked out a new feature to improve the address accuracy. At times we are not sure of the exact address and in cases like these, we use a landmark for reference purposes. In some cases, we also come up with our own reference points, for instance, “second right from the central park.” Google’s new Smart Address Search will let you search for an entire address and the maps will then use all the pieces of information in the Address to provide the users with landmarks and other points of interests.
After ushering in Hindi language support three years ago, Google Maps has now added support for six additional Indian languages including Bengali, Gujarati, Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam. The new features will certainly go a long way in helping people use the Google Maps. The update is also likely to help the first time Google Map users.