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Google Maps' voice navigation now available in 6 new Indian languages

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Emmett Howard | 14 March, 2018, 11:49

Besides the introduction of the smart Plus Codes feature, the company also announced the addition of voice support for Google Maps in six Indian regional languages-Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Bengali, Malayalam, Gujarati, and Bengali. The company had launched voice navigation in Hindi three years ago.

Google has developed an open-sourced solution - Plus Codes - which represents a simple and consistent addressing system that works across India and globally.

"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".

To enhance the discovery of addresses, Google has introduced Plus codes for locations, which are six characters along with city codes.

The new Google Maps Plus Codes are likely to end the annoying calls from the delivery guy, who despite having the address, needs to be given the detailed route-direction to your home.

Google Plus codes feature - a renaming of the Open Location code which has been live since 2014 - is open-source and open to third-party apps and services to use.

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"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. After verification Google will make these addresses searchable. Users can use this feature to add new or missing addresses on the map to help other users.

In another step aimed at facilitating accurate and easy searching on Maps, Google is also introducing "Add an Address" feature. Local Guides points are rewarded for each valid submission. According to Google, in India, it can be challenging to reach a given residential address.

The user of Google maps will also be able to hear the familiar games, the Nintendo sound 1-UP. Some addresses are well defined by street names and house numbers are easy to find, others can be long-winded and hard to locate. Mario with his old Kart will be helping the people using Google maps to find their way.

Currently, Google is in talks with the ministry of urban development to come up with codes for locating toilets on Google Maps.

"This is an innovative approach to providing the best estimate of the location of an address: when people aren't aware of an exact address, they just don't give up but try to refer other information such as a nearby landmark, business or a locality to get closer to the final destination".

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". So, the next time you are using Google Maps, make sure you use all these features.

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