Google makes navigation easier for Indian users

  • Google makes navigation easier for Indian users

Google makes navigation easier for Indian users

Besides this feature, Google also launched "Add and Address" and "Smart Address Search". According to Google, in India, it can be challenging to reach a given residential address. They are unique in format, and vary across regions, localities, and use cases. In addition to this, a majority of addresses are hard to locate, especially those of people living in remote locations. "We are deeply committed to helping find solutions to these challenges".

The code will be in a "6-character+city" format that can be generated shared and searched by users on Google Maps.

"To solve the issue of addresses, Google has introduced a new "open sourced solution" with the name 'Plus Codes". 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.

So, how do the Plus Codes work? This will show the user a location closer to the address, even if Maps can not pinpoint the actual address. It provides a simple as well as the consistent addressing system in India, and of course globally.

A Plus Code is 10 characters long, with a plus sign before the last two characters.

The first four characters are the area code, describing a region of roughly 100 x 100 kilometers. One of the highlighted features by the company was the Plus Codes. The map service will be offered instead of the standard pointer to use the services of Mario. However, its functionality begins to dwindle, once you navigate away from urban areas.

For instance, you can use the code with a town or city, such as X4HM+3C for Cairo, Egypt, or with an area code, such as 7GXHX4HM+3C.

As a result, Agra gets a Plus Code of 52GR+2V, and Taj Mahal gets a code of 7JVW52GR+2V. Smart Address Search helps doing exactly that: "if Google Maps doesn't understand the address precisely, it will try to use all the pieces of information in the address and provide options of landmarks and points of interest that the user can best identify with - exactly like a person would have", the brand added. Google will add the new address after due verification and will also notify the user of the same as a token of gratitude.

"Kathmandu, Nepal, has a population of around 1 million people, but most roads have no names and houses have no street numbers. Plus codes will now let you easily specify your destination", Sramek adds.

Our objective has always been about organizing all location-related information, and making it more accessible and relevant for Indian users.

Google has also made the process of adding missing addresses much easier with the "Add an Address" feature where users can contribute to improving the Maps experience.