Google Maps has found a better way to navigate India's chaotic roads

Where to find Plus Codes for your address

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.

Additionally, Google announced the availability of voice navigation in six additional Indian languages - Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam - three years after it introduced the same in Hindi.

According to Google, the 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 "six-character + City" format that can be generated, shared and searched by anyone; all that is needed is Google Maps on a smartphone. So if your house is given the code 22WM+PW, New Delhi, then you can just enter this on Maps or Google search to find the address. This open source solution can be incorporated into any app featuring location services. They will also be able to submit new or missing home addresses which will be added to Maps after verification. Plus codes are by no means a replacement for current addresses and is created to excel in locations that are hard to identify with conventional markers. The likes of temporary events, guiding emergency services to afflicted locations, finding complicated addresses and more can be easily done with this openly sourced feature. Once you open the Google Maps app, all you need to do is touch and hold on a specific area to drop a location pin within the app. In addition to this, a majority of addresses are hard to locate, especially those of people living in remote locations. Moreover, users will also get Local Guides points for each valid submission,"said Google in the release". The innovative approach provides the best estimate of the location of an address, when people aren't aware of an exact address. Now, with the advent of smartphones, we rely on Google Maps to help us reach our destination without having to stop-by and get instructions from anyone. This feature enables you to contribute to the Maps experience from the Maps. Add an Address feature brings all the addresses on Google Maps that are missing. 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. Mario with his old Kart will be helping the people using Google maps to find their way.

With these features, Google intends to hit the right spot for the growth of technology in India, as Plus Codes integration in business will help them grow whereas the native voice navigation will be a boon Indians all over.



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