Mapbox adds what3words integration to navigation development app

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Mapping and location cloud platform provider Mapbox now offers what3words support in Dash, its turnkey application that car makers can use to develop custom in-car navigation.

Alex Barth, head of automotive at Mapbox, commented, “Our cloud-based platform already allows millions of users to access the best live information – now we’re adding in what3words as a convenient way to enter destinations via voice or virtual keyboard. This makes Mapbox Dash compatible with systems that already use what3words and offers unambiguous address entry with pinpoint accuracy to drivers.”

what3words location technology has organized the globe into 57 trillion 10ft squares and given each one a unique combination of three words: a what3words address. Through this partnership, Mapbox says developers can easily enable the technology and use what3words from their Dash-powered application, while end users can search and navigate to precise locations using a what3words address. Developers can integrate what3words directly into the underlying Mapbox APIs and SDKs that power Dash to create custom applications that combine the two technologies.

Chris Sheldrick, co-founder and CEO of what3words, remarked, “Millions of daily journeys and deliveries are reliant upon digital maps for live updates on traffic and sophisticated route optimization. But addressing – the infrastructure that underpins how people interact with digital maps – has largely been unchanged. The difficulties of traditional street addressing worldwide, which is often irregular, incomplete and insufficiently accurate, make finding a specific location and communicating it to others an imperfect science. This partnership with Mapbox brings a simple way to enable our address system to the millions of users that use Mapbox services every day.”

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