Google Maps Plus Codes: Time to cheer up, Hey I am at ABCD+E1!

Google Maps Plus Codes is an easier method to share your location now

Isn’t it always difficult to tell your friend on where exactly you are? You always had to send your location or share timeline to be in touch. But it seems google has heard your appeal.

According to Google, approximately more than 2 billion people do not have an address of their own or their address is not easy to locate. Realising that this is a serious problem that needs to blanketed, Google Maps introduced a series of alpha-numeric combination known as Google Maps Plus Codes. Google Maps Plus Codes have already released Android devices.

Google Maps Plus Codes

What are Google Maps Plus Codes?

Plus Codes are some easy to use digital addresses acquired from latitude and longitude coordinates. Because of which it can easily identify any location on earth with accuracy. The location can range from a street vendor shop to a remote house, each will have its own limited unique code. These codes can be remembered like a phone number and can be shared with others to easily identify your location.

How does Plus Code work?

Plus Code is a simple alphanumeric code which combines with the locality. They look sort of a regular address, but with a brief code where a street name or number would be. The code is more friendly as you can simply search it the on your Google Maps search bar.

According to David Martin, Director of Program Management, Google Maps “A Plus Code is a simple alphanumeric code which can be combined with a locality (for example: FWM8+V9, Ibadan, Nigeria). They look like a regular address, but with a shortcode 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,”

How do you find Google Maps Plus Codes?

Beyond using the blue dot, you’ll also find the Plus Code for a location by tapping and holding the map to drop a pin at a location you would like a Plus Code for.

How to use it

These digital addresses are liberal to use, available offline and may be printed on paper, posters and signs. This technology to generate Plus Codes is also an open source, which means anyone can see how it works and develop their own applications for any use case.

Plus Codes are often helpful for people and organisations in emergency and crisis response scenarios. If you’ve ever been in an emergency, you recognize that having the ability to share your location for help to simply find you is critical. Yet in many places within the world, organisations struggle with this challenge on a day to day.

Digital addressing through Plus Codes means everywhere now has an easily identifiable location, saving time and getting resources there when it really matters. Not having an address should not be a barrier to simply sharing your location with service providers – from online retailers to emergency services – guiding them to you when you most need them. According to reports, Google may integrate this feature with its Google Glasses to aid more clarity. Along with Google, Apple who now is preparing to launch its new Apple Glasses may also impose the same feature on Apple Maps.

Will this be harmful?

Well, any technology can be harmful, similarly Google Maps Plus Codes might also trigger several issues, especially with regards to privacy. People might not be able to fake a location, but it seems very difficult to categorise this harm into positive or negative. But definitely something that may not work that easily anymore.

Also with Google Maps Plus Codes, Google will also have precise information about your current location, which to some may violate their privacy code, but to many this may sound like a useful tip.

Amal Varghese

A lecturer by profession and an admirer of transitions. I love the way the technological world revolves around me from the introduction of an earpiece to the computing device in a space shuttle, every tiny detail amuses me. I try to put my fascination to words for all the fanatics of this evolution who are ironically hooked to its benefits anyway. Proud to be a part of this generation who saw a tape-recording cassette with 5 songs and a cloud streaming service with a zillion songs inside your pocket.

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