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#558870 - 09/02/19 06:17 PM Re: what3words: the new way to find places [Re: Peter J]
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Registered: 11/05/14
Posts: 3458
Loc: Essex
I drove passed a house today that had a huge Ducati flag out side !!! That's like saying if you want my Ducati it's in the garage, help yourself banghead
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#558892 - 09/02/19 07:41 PM Re: what3words: the new way to find places [Re: Peter J]
pandy Offline

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Registered: 12/04/11
Posts: 7161
Loc: West Paris, France
Originally Posted By Peter J
This is amazing....
I discovered it because it is built into the new A Class sat nav.

This is the website.
https://what3words.com/

And our address.. well this is where the Morgan lives...
///constants.imparts.sensible

So, who is behind this amazing concept?


I think my Grandfather may have invented it back in the 1920s.

One of his best mates in the Navy was a chap called John Stewart, whose title et the time was Lord Doune (subsequently he became the 19th Earl of Moray).

His then address was

Lord Doune
Doune Lodge
Doune.

My grandpa would always address correspondance to him simply as

Lord Doune Lodge.

It always got there.
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#558942 - 10/02/19 08:32 AM Re: what3words: the new way to find places [Re: Peter J]
howard Offline
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I dont get it. It says " The what3words algorithm takes complex GPS coordinates and converts them into unique 3 word addresses. It means anyone can talk about anywhere with 3 simple words." But what is simpler than 51 26.65N 3 10.55W . Likely it will also be shorter

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#558946 - 10/02/19 08:45 AM Re: what3words: the new way to find places [Re: howard]
Graham, G4FUJ Offline
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My thoughts too Howard!
Just don't see the point. Perhaps it's years of meandering around the world...
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#558948 - 10/02/19 08:49 AM Re: what3words: the new way to find places [Re: Peter J]
Northernmorgan Offline

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Registered: 22/12/18
Posts: 256
Loc: Northern England
Whilst I find it quite a clever idea! I’d find it easier to remember three words than a string of numbers! But then I’ve never been a numbers man....preferred words. Although whilst in the army cadets I did take great pride in being top at navigation! I loved maps (still do) and navigating with a compass.

I can see the idea being popular with the younger generation who don’t think of maps and navigation in the same way we do.

I wouldn’t be keen on posting my exact location on social media mind...it’s bad enough being tracked down by your post code but I’m happy to say that you can often find me at
depending.ever.marsh. 🤪


Edited by Northernmorgan (10/02/19 08:58 AM)
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#558960 - 10/02/19 09:50 AM Re: what3words: the new way to find places [Re: Peter J]
Richard Wood Offline
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Registered: 03/02/16
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Loc: East Harling, Norfolk UK
You can think of three random words and the chances are they (or something close) will exist as a location. I searched house.man.field. The demo search found ///house.many.field, a location in Queensland, Australia. Next try was cars.road.hedge revealing ///cars.goad.hedge a location near Greencastle, Indiana

Great fun but the novelty soon wears off. Are the latest generation that ignorant of geography confused2
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#559059 - 10/02/19 05:08 PM Re: what3words: the new way to find places [Re: Richard Wood]
Chris99 Offline

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Registered: 17/07/13
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This has been around for a while but not really been taken up in the UK as we have a good Postcode system with detailed geocoding. Your UK Postcode will typically get you within a few 10s or 100s of metres (depending on whether you are in an urban or rural area) and adding a house number gets you pretty much to the front door.

It makes some sense for countries with large area postcodes, such as Eire and the USA for example. However getting mass takeup without a government backed implementation is difficult - for example the slow takeup of Eirecodes in Eire.
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#559064 - 10/02/19 05:26 PM Re: what3words: the new way to find places [Re: Chris99]
Peter J Offline
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I think it is a bit of a clever solution looking for a problem.

But, playing with the what3words app on the phone I identified a grid square in the middle of the new forest. I then sent the words into google maps and it planned a walking rout across country to my destination.

I can see value in countries like India which has no meaningful navigation information, even in the cities road signs are rare. In the country you need to know where to go, or to ask.

In the new A35 I understand I can tell the sat nav, using "Mercedes Me" to take me to ///hushed.pizzeria.estate (the entrance to MMC reception) and it will do so!
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#559089 - 10/02/19 08:11 PM Re: what3words: the new way to find places [Re: howard]
David_E Offline

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Registered: 26/12/15
Posts: 289
Loc: Bedfordshire
Originally Posted By howard
I dont get it. It says " The what3words algorithm takes complex GPS coordinates and converts them into unique 3 word addresses. It means anyone can talk about anywhere with 3 simple words." But what is simpler than 51 26.65N 3 10.55W . Likely it will also be shorter


You'll need another decimal place to get down to the same 3m accuracy. The three words are faster and easier to read out and are less error prone, if you spell a word wrongly the system will offer plausible options.

///factories.shock.dozed

However, a big potential downside is that to find a location you have to do a database lookup.
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#559103 - 10/02/19 09:40 PM Re: what3words: the new way to find places [Re: Peter J]
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It is clever but with my tiny brain it will be just as likely to find remembering which three words I need to use. It's easier, faster and more efficient to just open google maps and drop/send a map pin.
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