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For the times when Sat Nav isn't quite accurate enough...

Street addresses weren’t designed for 2021. They aren’t accurate enough to specify precise locations, such as building entrances, and don’t exist for parks and many rural areas. This makes it hard to find places and prevents people from describing exactly where help is needed in an emergency.

What3Words divided the world into 3 metre squares and gave each square a unique combination of three words. It’s the easiest way to find and share exact locations.

what3words does not aim to replace street addressing. Rather, it is a useful addition when street addresses are not accurate enough, and an instant, scalable solution where addresses do not exist.

Compared to current street addressing systems, 3 word addresses are far more accurate, as they refer to a specific 3m x 3m area. As the entire what3words grid is fixed, the 3 word address for a particular location will never change even if buildings or streets are redeveloped. 3 word addresses are unique, unlike street names which are often duplicated, and they are easier to communicate and share with others. Every 3 word address has already been pre-assigned, providing an instant, scalable solution.

If you’re on a desktop computer, you can install an extension for Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefoxthat allows you to type a what3words address into the Google Maps search bar directly. On a smartphone, simply enter the what3words address into the free what3words app, then tap ‘Navigate’ and select ‘Google Maps’ to open the location in Google Maps.