This Smart System Turns Your Address Into Just Three Words

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What3words

GPS Coordinates reviewed here is a good alternative to conventionally locating a place with a postal address.

However, what3words is even better as it does not require a long string of latitude and longitude numbers; instead, it offers a solution to global addresses by using three words that are easier to dictate and remember than any coordinates or plus codes.

What3words has assigned a three-word address to each 3m x 3m square on a grid of 57 trillion squares across the globe. For example, to navigate to a place in Notting Hill, London, just use these three words cool.view.spark in what3words, you can then get directions to the location via Google Maps or any other navigation app on your mobile device.

What3words has been adopted by some navigation systems and postal services in certain countries. It clocked up another mileage when Daimler AG recently announced that Mercedes-Benz would be the first automobile manufacturer to integrate what3words address system and make it available to its customers.

What are the three words of your location? Check it out from this app what3words available for free on Android, iPhone and iPad mobile devices.

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The What3Words "About" page gives a good overview:
https://what3words.com/about/

Answers to most of the questions people normally ask can be found on the very informative What3Words General Questions page at:
https://support.what3words.com/hc/en-us/categories/200511181-General-Questions

Just click on the red link that says "See all 29 articles" and you'll find lots of info.

Seems like a profoundly useful idea, not only in rural/unmapped areas, but also in large convention centers, office complexes, apartment complexes, or theme parks. I'm not surprised that various corporations which require precise geolocation are using it.

It seems to me that the folks who dreamed up this system and created the W3W algorithm clearly had waaay too much time on their hands, but overall I think it's quite clever.

yeah - - seen this before:
- it originated in Africa, where there is few / no road names, as such.

I'm almost certain that the system would fall well short of the needed 57 trillion permutations if it restricted itself to words of 5 letters or less. Does the system have a language translator to accommodate drivers in non English countries?

No, the system does not restrict itself to words of 5 letters or less, and yes, it supports three-word addresses in some other languages.