Google Maps now supports six additional regional languages for voice navigation

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"Address search is critical for delivering on this mission", says Suren Ruhela, Director, Google Maps Next Billion Users.

"Using plus codes to locate friends at the beach is one example, but these codes become extremely helpful in places with high population density but poor data accuracy or coverage, or those that lack a specific addressing system altogether", writes Rasto Sramek, Software Engineer, Google Maps. First announced in August 2015, this system is based on dividing the geographical surface of the Earth into tiny "tiled areas" and attributing a unique code to each of them.

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Plus Codes is as Open Source solution that has been developed by the engineers over at Google. Google make sure the address is searchable after verification. So, in case Google Maps doesn't understand some address precisely, the Smart Address Search will try to use all the pieces of information in the address and provide options for some landmarks which will make it easier for users to find the addresses. And they don't use country codes, so they work in disputed territories.This would especially come in handy in unique situations like "communicating the venue of a temporary event, guiding emergency services to afflicted locations, and providing an identifiable location for complicated addresses", Google said.

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"At Google Maps, our objective has always been about organizing all location-related information and making it more accessible and relevant for Indian users". This code essentially consists a 6-character + city format that can be generated, shared and searched by anyone through Google Maps app. Users will also get points for each successful submission. "Millions of people and places in India are hard to locate - especially those in remote areas". These Indian languages are Bengali, Kannada, Gujarati, Malayalam, Tamil, and Telegu. According to the company, it is an innovative approach to provide the best estimate of the location of an address. Instead of showing no results, it will display these landmarks when a long address search is typed.

Lastly, voice navigation of Google Maps India expands to six additional languages after Hindi and English. 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.

Plus Code functionality is being integrated into the Google Maps app as well, so you can use it to zero in on a location. This will show the user a location closer to the address, even if Maps can not pinpoint the actual address.

"It doesn't stop there - India continues to inspire us and pushes us to reimagine what Maps can do for people". India banned the Street View cars almost two years ago owing to security concerns and Google Maps in the country is mostly crowd-sourced.

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