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what3words 8 months 1 week ago #466075

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There’s a new system for mapping the world that subdivides it into 3x3m squares, each with a unique identifier comprised of three words. A recent news report described how a lady,s car left the road and couldn’t be seen from the road. The police used the “what3words” app to locate her exact position. She wouldn’t have been able to work out how to use Google maps or Apple maps to determine her longitude and latitude and for someone possibly in shock just saying three words that precisely define your location is a potential life saver.

Here’s a link to the BBC report

Three-unique-words 'map' used to rescue mother and child www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-47705912
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what3words 8 months 1 week ago #466081

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Its been out a couple of years now, but you have to be very precise with the spelling.

If you enter //. Intro.nurture.universal. you get the blue Lias pub and caravan site.

Enter // . Intro. Nurture.universals. And you end up in The Labrador sea a couple of hundred miles off of Greenland.
The App is very good from Playstore.
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EH52ARH wrote:
Its been out a couple of years now, but you have to be very precise with the spelling.

If you enter //. Intro.nurture.universal. you get the blue Lias pub and caravan site.

Enter // . Intro. Nurture.universals. And you end up in The Labrador sea a couple of hundred miles off of Greenland.
The App is very good from Playstore.[/quote

I think even the British police would question the location of your crash if you got it that wrong :-)
App is useful and it’s satellite view is more up to date than Google or Apple maps. I think the verbal exchange of the words are it’s strongest feature as you are more likely to be trying to talk to the emergency services. Assuming the phone is charged or has a signal but that works for all comms.

A number of car makes are now incorporating it into the cars accident response outputs.
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what3words 8 months 1 week ago #466083

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You can be just as precise on Google maps, by using the Plus codes. Ie, on the map search type in 7JHF+76 and you will find a caravan pitch at the Blue Lias Caravan site, where as the pub in 7JHF+9J.

The plus code for a location can be found on the left hand side when you drop a pin mark on the map its the four little dots in a cross.

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EH52ARH wrote:
You can be just as precise on Google maps, by using the Plus codes. Ie, on the map search type in 7JHF+76 and you will find a caravan pitch at the Blue Lias Caravan site, where as the pub in 7JHF+9J.

The plus code for a location can be found on the left hand side when you drop a pin mark on the map its the four little dots in a cross.


Yes but what3words doesn’t require you to know where you are in order to drop the pin. It immediately gives you your location
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EH52ARH wrote:
You can be just as precise on Google maps, by using the Plus codes. Ie, on the map search type in 7JHF+76 and you will find a caravan pitch at the Blue Lias Caravan site, where as the pub in 7JHF+9J.

The plus code for a location can be found on the left hand side when you drop a pin mark on the map its the four little dots in a cross.


Yes but what3words doesn’t require you to know where you are in order to drop the pin. It immediately gives you your location
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what3words 8 months 1 week ago #466102

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I must admit I'm fascinated by maps and mapping, and the advent of Google Maps (other map systems are available) was a revelation to the mapping industry. I still love paper maps as well.

This thread was the first I'd heard of "What3words" and it's a fascinating project. Having looked at a few adjacent squares, there is no immediately obvious relationship in the word selections, so it's not something you could use instead of grid references on a paper map for planning orienteering routes, unless you have a computer loaded with the map data also.

I can see the advantage for the emergency services, as in difficult situations it's easier for most humans to remember three words rather than a long string of numbers and letters. It can also help if communications are poor.
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ProfJohnL wrote:
I must admit I'm fascinated by maps and mapping, and the advent of Google Maps (other map systems are available) was a revelation to the mapping industry. I still love paper maps as well.

This thread was the first I'd heard of "What3words" and it's a fascinating project. Having looked at a few adjacent squares, there is no immediately obvious relationship in the word selections, so it's not something you could use instead of grid references on a paper map for planning orienteering routes, unless you have a computer loaded with the map data also.

I can see the advantage for the emergency services, as in difficult situations it's easier for most humans to remember three words rather than a long string of numbers and letters. It can also help if communications are poor.

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I agree with your views on maps and when on holiday I will spend ages just looking at the OS, or foreign equivalent, map of the area as its so useful in planning days out , walks, and just giving an understanding of the area, which even OS loaded onto a phone doesn't give you.

What "what3words" will do is stop Dominos delvering to your neighbour :whistle:
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Or it can help deliver to the bottom of your garden if you wish. I suppose " delivery Drones" will be using it. The Application for Smart phones is very easy to use.
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I suppose Yodel could use it to tell you which (or whose) rubbish bin they've left your parcel in! :whistle:
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