Metro | Instant Expert: what3words

06/07/2017

WHERE are you? It’s a three-word question that can be answered with a three-word answer to give your location anywhere on the planet correct to within about four metres, thanks to what3words. Granted, it’s not quite as dead-on as longitude and latitude coordinates, but location names like ///closer.calm.cups trip off the tongue a little easier than 51.501372, -0.191384.

The bods behind the UK company took a map of the world, split it into 57 trillion 3m x 3m squares, then provided three-word names for each. Using the free 10MB what3words app on your phone — which also works offline — you can find out exactly where you are, then share that name with anyone who’d like to find you.

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