Well, I don't know about other features, but I'm looking forward to using the Plus Codes in Google Maps and I hope third-party apps like Ola incorporate this feature soon as it will make it easier for me to navigate the driver to pick-up location in one go.
It can be challenging to reach a given residential address in India. And this time, they have presented six additional Indian languages: Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam. It suggests an approximation of the location by trying to use all the pieces of information in the address providing options of landmarks and points of interest that the user can best identify with.
Addresses are unique in format, and vary across regions, localities, and use cases.
Among other features, Google has launched "Plus codes", which divide the geographical surface of the world into "tiled areas", attributing a unique six-letter code and the city name to each of them.
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The user of Google maps will also be able to hear the familiar games, the Nintendo sound 1-UP.
With these features, Google intends to hit the right spot for the growth of technology in India, as Plus Codes integration in business will help them grow whereas the native voice navigation will be a boon Indians all over.
The Plus Codes is not the only feature Google announced on Tuesday. In addition to this, a majority of addresses are hard to locate, especially those of people living in remote locations. Support for Hindi language was already added three years ago. This code is in a "6-character + City" format which is generated when a user drops a pin on Google Maps. "We are deeply committed to helping find solutions to these challenges".
The Alphabet Inc-owned search giant also unveiled "add an address" feature that would enable users to submit a missing address and the company would make sure the address is searchable in due course after verification.
Currently, Google is in talks with the ministry of urban development to come up with codes for locating toilets on Google Maps. The innovative approach provides the best estimate of the location of an address, when people aren't aware of an exact address.
Suren Ruhela, Director of Google Maps, wrote in his blog: "India continues to inspire us, and pushes us to reimagine what Maps can do for people". The company has added two more features for the Maps users in India.