Google Introduces Plus Codes Aiming to Improve Address Search in India

Google at its event in New Delhi today introduced new features to the Google Maps platforms. We all know how challenging it’s to find an address in India- be it a food delivery guy or cab driver, they’ll face difficulties while finding a destination address. Google is looking to solve these issues and introduced three new features to the platform today. The major one is the Plus Codes feature, an open sourced solution, which represents a simple and consistent addressing system that works across India and globally. The Plus Codes system is based on dividing the geographical surface of the Earth into tiny ‘tiled areas’, attributing a unique code to each of them. This code simply comprises a ‘6-character + City’ format that can be generated, shared and searched by anyone, which is all that’s needed is Google Maps on a smartphone.

google-maps-plus-codes

The open source nature of Plus Codes means that applications that uses location services can easily incorporate it on their platforms for free. Every customer can use a Plus Code by simply entering it into the Search field on Google or Google Maps, mobile or desktop. After entering the Plus Code, users will be instantly shown the location.

Plus Codes can be used for a wide variety of reasons including communicating the venue of a temporary event, guiding emergency services to afflicted locations, and providing an identifiable location for complicated addresses.

Secondly, Google introduced a ‘Add an Address‘ feature, which is a step aimed at facilitating accurate and easy searching on Maps. With this feature, any user can contribute to the Maps experience from the Google Maps app. Similar to adding businesses, users can submit new or missing addresses through this feature, and post verification by Google, the address will become searchable. And yes, users do get Local Guides points for each valid submission on the platform.

Alongside that Google rolled out Smart Address Search, which provides the best estimate of the location of an address, in cases when people aren’t aware of the exact address.

Lastly, Google introduced voice navigation in six additional Indian languages- Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam, alongside Hindi. For the unknown, Google introduced voice navigation in Hindi three years ago, which was an instant hit.

Google also stated that it’s looking to build new features and expand partnerships to make Google Maps experience better.

7
Leave a Reply

avatar
Photo and Image Files
 
 
 
5 Comment threads
2 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
6 Comment authors
Priyansh SinghMahi RamAirtel Userd5aqoepAbishek Recent comment authors
newest oldest most voted
Mahi Ram
Mahi Ram

This is not a new feature, been there in Google maps since long time. Good for quick address.

Priyansh Singh
Priyansh Singh

Because you might be on Beta Version of Google Maps. I think it wasn’t open for General Public. I too can see them from long time ago but I’m on Beta Version though.

Airtel User
Airtel User

Is this not privacy violation, what will be the codes available to be public ?

Recent Posts

Tata Sky Launches Unlimited FUP Broadband Plans Starting at Rs 999

Tata Sky, the prominent Direct-to-the-home (DTH) service provider in the country also offers wired broadband services in some major cities...

Airtel Digital TV Introduces 6 New Long-Term Packs In SD and HD Options

In the past, we have already seen Airtel Digital TV come up with regional top-up options for the subscribers to...

Huawei to Not Stop its Focus on Consumer Research and Localisation of Offerings

Huawei on Thursday said it is focusing on customer research and localisation of offerings to provide the “best ever” user...