Google Maps makes it easier to search for addresses in India

Google Maps makes it easier to search for addresses in India

Technology giant Google on Tuesday made "searching for Indian addresses" on Google Maps a tad bit simpler, by announcing Plus Codes, a simple location-based digital addressing system.

We are all too familiar with the hassles of scouting for an address, especially so on chaotic Indian streets.

Besides, the company also added Voice Navigation in six additional Indian languages, to its system. Some addresses are well defined by street names and house numbers are easy to find, others can be long-winded and hard to locate. This will show the user a location closer to the address, even if Maps can not pinpoint the actual address.

The company advised people to avoid including personal details or names while adding an address.


"At Google Maps, our objective has always been about organizing all location-related information, and making it more accessible and relevant for Indian users", Ruhela added, saying that it is especially challenging in India.

The initial effort towards the Plus Codes started back in April 2015 when Google released a new system to help provide an address for every location in the world, called Open Location Code. To use a Plus Code, users need to simply enter it into the search field on Google or Google Maps, mobile handsets or desktops, which will instantly show a location. Each Plus code represents a unique geographical location, says Google. "We are deeply committed to helping find solutions to these challenges". It is a free to use feature that even works when a person is offline. 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. The is built up of 6-characters and is appended with the City format that can be generated, searched and shared by anyone.

Currently, Google is in talks with the ministry of urban development to come up with codes for locating toilets on Google Maps. India banned the Street View cars almost two years ago owing to security concerns and Google Maps in the country is mostly crowd-sourced. If a user is unaware of the exact address and Maps does not understand the address precisely but he or she knows about the nearby landmarks or locality, "Smart Address Search" would use all the pieces of the information provided in the address and user could best identify the area.

Suren noted that since the time Google India launched Navigation in Hindi three years ago, they have consistently received requests to be able to change the voice-guided navigation from English to a local language. Google will add the new address after due verification and will also notify the user of the same as a token of gratitude.

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