Future: Plus codes for location


#1

Just found this at HN:

A plus code is like a street address for people or places that don’t have one.
Plus codes give addresses to everyone, everywhere, allowing them to receive deliveries, access emergency services, register to vote – and more.
A plus code address looks like a regular address, but with a short code where the street name and number would be. These addresses exist for any location, even for places where there are no roads.

Could be cool to implement this. Especially when we’re ready for expansion to places that don’t have proper addresses.

See also https://plus.codes/ and https://github.com/google/open-location-code


#2

What’s the advantage of this over latitude and longitude (like 45.8326215,6.8564201)?

There are also the 3-word adresses: https://map.what3words.com
(con: proprietary, pro: more human-friendly)


#3

Ah yeah, 3-word addresses could be just as good!

The main two problems with latlng are 1. that it’s quite hard to enter on a phone if you can’t copy paste it, 2. it’s almost impossible to communicate it by voice, e.g. over the phone.
Both plus-codes and 3-word addresses are quite simple to communicate or copy.