Google wants to make it easier to search for Indian addresses on Google Maps. At an event in New Delhi, the search giant announced Plus Codes and voice navigation with support for six additional Indian languages.
Google says Plus Codes is an open-source solution with a simple and consistent addressing system that works across India and global markets as well. The system is based on dividing the geographical surface of the Earth into tiny ’tiles areas’ and attribute them with unique code. This code simply comprises a ‘6-character + City’ format that can be generated, shared and searched by anyone.
All that a user needs is Google Maps on a smartphone and the open nature of Plus Codes means that applications using location services can easily incorporate it on their platforms as well for free.
Google says Plus Codes are like a street address for people or place that don’t have one already. The goal remains simple to keep Plus codes short, simple and easy to use like X4HP+M5, Cairo, Egypt. These codes can then be used on Google Maps to get directions to a home or business. In order to use a Plus Code, users need to enter it into the Search field on Google Maps, mobile or desktop, which will instantly show a location.
Google is also making it easier to add a missing address to Google Maps. The Google Maps is getting a new feature called Add an Address that enables users to contribute to the Maps experience from within the app. The experience is similar to adding businesses and users can submit new or missing addresses through this feature and Google will then verify it and make the address searchable in due course.
The purpose behind introducing Plus Codes and option to add missing address is the unique and varied ways in which addresses are mentioned in India. With Smart Address Search, it just wants to make it search and navigate to those addresses. Google is also adding voice navigation in six additional languages – Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam. The navigation feature was launched three years ago in Hindi.
Google Maps is the most widely used navigation platform in India and it also powers third-party services such as Ola and Uber in the country. With this new feature, Google Maps will only further simplify identifying address and reaching there without any hassle.