Google India makes address search, navigation easy on Maps

Google India makes address search, navigation easy on Maps

Our objective has always been about organizing all location-related information, and making it more accessible and relevant for Indian users. Anyone who has tried to explain a full address to a pizza delivery guy, knows the difficulty in accurately conveying the location.

India is a country, where residential address formats vary in terms of regions and localities. "While some addresses are well-defined by street names and house numbers that are easy to find, others can be long-winded and hard to locate", he said. In addition to this, a majority of addresses are hard to locate, especially those of people living in remote locations. The Plus codes feature - a renaming of the Open Location code which has been live since 2014 - is open-source and open to third-party apps and services to use.

Plus codes are based on the concept that the world can be divided into small grid, each of which has a unique code to ensure a more consistent address system.

Plus Codes are based on dividing the geographical surface of the Earth into tiny "tiled areas", attributing a unique code to each of them. It specifically excels in areas not serviced by conventional identifiers, with a variety of other possible uses.The postal system of Cape Verde in Africa already supports plus codes for delivering mail.

Google on Tuesday announced several new features for the Maps in India, including the Plus Codes feature that will allow users to share and search for addresses that do not have a formal name.

These codes can then be shared to aid navigation in instances such as communicating the venue of a temporary event, guiding emergency services to afflicted locations, and providing an identifiable location for complicated addresses.

Google India has added a a Plus code and other features to Maps on Android, mobile and desktop in order to make address search simpler across the country. "Add an address" is another feature that Google is adding to the Maps. Local Guides points are rewarded for each valid submission. Google make sure the address is searchable after verification. Smart Address Search provides the best estimate of the location of an address when people aren't aware of an exact address. This doesn't give you the exact address but uses AI prowess to recognise the nearby landmark to a specific location a user is searching for. So, in case Google Maps doesn't understand some address precisely, the Smart Address Search will try to use all the pieces of information in the address and provide options for some landmarks which will make it easier for users to find the addresses.

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.

In line with its efforts to fix the rough edges around Google Maps and improve the user experience around navigation, technology giant Google has launched new tools to add and discover Indian addresses on Google Maps along with adding voice navigation in six additional Indian languages.

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