What3words app?

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What3words app?

Post by byewayrider » Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:08 pm

I cams across this very great idea and app today called what3words...

Google it and be amazed...
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Re: What3words app?

Post by anthony29040 » Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:21 pm

Got it last week.

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Re: What3words app?

Post by Fried Egg Sandwich » Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:42 pm

Been using it for years.

It's a great way for meeting up when the terrain is crowded - such as at Festivals, Rally's and Gigs.

Also for meeting points on the green lane network, as some are not shown on all sat nav apps
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Re: What3words app?

Post by chubbyhooker » Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:25 am

Great idea I need this possibly more than anyone anywhere ... I get lost in my own back garden .........later serves patch 👍

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Re: What3words app?

Post by Hugh » Sat Aug 17, 2019 9:49 am

Greetings,

I can confirm that Nottinghamshire Police and Derbyshire Police & Derbyshire Fire services are using the system. Probably others too.

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Re: What3words app?

Post by V-Rider » Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:27 pm

I can confirm Avon & Somerset police also use the app.
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Re: What3words app?

Post by HarveyCamm » Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:33 am

The usage of the app is growing fast - British Cycling are using it to direct race marshalls to their stations for managing traffic

Article from BBC about the app if you're interested :-

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-england-49319760

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Re: What3words app?

Post by daryl » Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:54 am

I think it's a solution to a problem that doesn't really exist.

Here's a link to an article discussing a few issues with the W3W system.

https://shkspr.mobi/blog/2019/03/why-bo ... ree-words/

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Re: What3words app?

Post by Fried Egg Sandwich » Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:25 pm

daryl wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:54 am
I think it's a solution to a problem that doesn't really exist.
Quite possibly true Daryl, and most of the criticism is based upon it's use in emergency situations.
I've never used it in an emergency situation.
I find it novel and fun to use - for meeting up in places that are not street addresses, or in a park, or at outdoor events and festivals.
It costs me nothing to use, and if W3W make a buck selling it to corporations where is the harm in that?
It is commerce, just as is every free app out there. It will probably be useful in an emergency too. It certainly helped those that have been reported on the BBC who maybe didn't know about co-ordinates and how to use them.
As a side Google's location services leave a lot to be desired. Last week I was at West Hook Farm for holiday, and Google location services show that I had been to The Bishops Palace in St David's, and that I got there by swimming across At Brides bay.
I hadn't been, and I didn't 😂
Don't know what was going on there.🤔
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Re: What3words app?

Post by DavidS » Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:57 pm

There is one big problem, particularly in the UK. It is reliant on a phone signal.
Even it the supposedly well served south east, getting any sort of signal out of town mast range is tricky.

Problem number two...it is reliant on a battery. By the time you have had a chance to get lost, sods law says the battery would be flat anyway.

That said, I’m inclined to download it anyway. Even a minor off when out for a ride down some backroads can leave you unaware of where you are.
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