To use a Plus Code, users need to simply enter it into the Search field on Google or Google Maps, mobile or desktop, which will instantly show a location. Maps in India has supported Plus codes for some months now, and these will now be reflected in addresses and businesses as well.
Voice navigation will be available in six additional languages - Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam. 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.
Have you sometimes typed an address that you know for sure in Google Maps, but to your surprise, the search result turned up empty? Places that are close together share similar plus codes, while the system is identificable by the "+" symbol in every address. After verification Google will make these addresses searchable. They are unique in format, and vary across regions, localities, and use cases.
"The Plus Codes system is based on dividing the geographical surface of the Earth into tiny "tiled areas", attributing a unique code to each of them".
Google Maps has developed an open sourced solution, Plus Codes, which represents a simple and consistent addressing system that works across India and globally.
Another feature aimed at offering accurate and easy searching on Maps is "Add an Address".
Google has added a handful of new features to the Indian version of the Maps.
Plus Code functionality is being integrated into the Google Maps app as well, so you can use it to zero in on a location.
The Plus Codes is not the only feature Google announced on Tuesday. "Millions of people and places in India are hard to locate - especially those in remote areas". Well, not anymore, as Google has introduced Plus Codes on Google Maps in India. "We are deeply committed to helping find solutions to these challenges", Ruhela added. The is built up of 6-characters and is appended with the City format that can be generated, searched and shared by anyone. It is a free to use feature that even works when a person is offline.
Since the codes are open source, apps using location services will also be able to incorporate these codes to their platforms, the company said in a statement. However, there are times when a certain address just doesn't show up on Google Maps for myriad reasons. Since the application launched Hindi three years ago, we have been a living proof as it consistently helped us to locate our destination. Smart Address Search provides the best estimate of the location of an address when people aren't aware of an exact address. India banned the Street View cars almost two years ago owing to security concerns and Google Maps in the country is mostly crowd-sourced.