Users of the taxi-hailing app S.Ride can use the digital address technology to navigate to a specific address in the Japanese capital using just three words.
Taxi passengers using the S.Ride ride-hailing app in Tokyo can now enter a three-word address for their drop-off location via the what3words digital address technology.
Minnano Taxi Corporation has announced a partnership with what3words, which has divided the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares and given each a unique address made of three words.
The partnership means that drivers will no longer have to search for the correct drop-off locations and passengers do not have to enter a lengthy or complex address. The app aims to find highly specific locations such as a particular door, shopping mall entrance, street corner or park gate.
what3words aims to solve many of the frustrations that surround inaccurate and inconsistent addressing. Its built-in AutoSuggest feature uses error prevention to suggest the correct three word address, even if a passenger’s search contained typos or other mistakes.
“Taxi passengers will know they’re arriving at precisely the correct location, without the need for adding step-by-step directions"
Input will be available in the S.Ride app in both Japanese and English. A three-word address in one language can be switched instantly into any other supported language, and even looked up in one language and shared in another. It currently supports 37 languages.
“The addition of what3words will now make that [S.Ride’s] experience even better, as taxi passengers will know they’re arriving at precisely the correct location, without the need for adding step-by-step directions," adds Chris Sheldrick, CEO and co-founder of what3words.
The geospatial technology’s use isn’t just confined to ride-hailing and transport apps. Earlier this year, the safety app, Safe & the City teamed up with the digital address system to enable Londoners to share experiences, connect to police services, strengthen community relationships and hopefully reduce incidences of opportunistic crimes and sexual harassment.
What3words can be easily integrated by businesses, governments and NGOs into apps, platforms or websites, with just a few lines of code. Its partners include Mercedes-Benz, Tata Motors, Kakao Maps, Ford, Domino’s Pizza, Lonely Planet, Airbnb and Cabify.
S.Ride launched in the city earlier this year and uses artificial intelligence (AI) and other technology to forecast demand.
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