Google Maps has added support for plus codes, an open-source addressing system that generates simplified street addresses for people or places that don't have one.
The plus code system divides the geographical surface of the Earth into what Google calls "tiled areas" and gives each a unique code, comprised of six characters, a "+" symbol, and the name of the city, such as F26X+9F Gurugram.
Users can drop a pin anywhere on Maps and will be given the code. Each code can be shared and then searched by anyone with the desktop or mobile Maps by entering it in the search field.
The global capability offers an alternative to "long-winded" addresses and will allow users to better locate places in remote areas in countries such as India that don't have addresses at all, director of program management for Google Maps Suren Ruhela said in a blog post.