Google announces Plus Codes in Google Map

Google has announced the introduction of plus codes in Google Map, Rolls out simple digital addressing to Android users.

Considering the issue that most Fixed addresses are hard to locate and most people don’t have an official issued address in the geo-location Google made an introduction to PlusCodes which is taking effect first for android users around the world.

It is no doubt that most addresses are very difficult to locate and this is more pertinent when it comes to emergency issues.

“Plus Codes are simple, easy to use digital addresses derived from latitude and longitude coordinates. They can be used to uniquely identify any location, from a rural home in a remote area to a hidden shop on a nameless street.”

Google announces Plus Codes in Google Map
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A Plus Code is an alphanumeric code which can be combined with a locality (for example: FWV6+M1, Uyo, Nigeria). They look like a regular address, but with a short code where a street name or number would be. Beyond using the blue dot, you can also find the Plus Code for a location by tapping and holding the map to drop a pin at a location you want a Plus Code for.

Google Map Plus codes are searchable, meaning that you can search for the code locations on Google map and even Google search engine anywhere, this made locations appear uniquely, with no conflict of any 2 locations with the same address name.

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To share your location, simply tap the blue dot in Google Maps that represents your location, and get a Plus Code, which you can share the same way you would a phone number.

The Technology behind Google map Plus Code is an opensource which means anyone can see how it works and use their applications for your use case. These digital addresses are free to use, available offline and can be printed on paper, posters, and signs.

Digital addressing through Plus Codes means that everywhere now has an easily identifiable location, saving time and getting resources there when it really matters. Not having an address should no longer be a barrier to easily sharing your location with service providers – from online retailers to emergency services – guiding them to you when you most need them.

Plus Code is a nice invention in the Google map because it will hugely help in Emergency cases, as well help Dispatch riders in getting addresses with conflicting address names. Should in case of emergency, you can easily share your location and get assistance as quickly as possible.

Chinweike Jude

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