I keep seeing ads for a service called What 3 Words. they’ve divided the whole world up into 3 metre squares, and assigned each one an address that comprises three English words, separated by a dot.
Apparently, this is going to revolutionise delivery of products, and deployment of emergency services.
Except I really don’t see it - and here’s why:
[li]There’s no logic or hierarchy to the system - if you use lat/long, Easting/Northing, grid references, postcodes etc, you can usually tell when you’re getting close, but the What3Word addresses are not like that - the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain (AKA ‘Statue of Eros’) in Piccadilly Circus, London is bumpy.remain.pigs - the square 3 metres North of the same is swim.twig.tune[/li][li]Because there’s no hierarchy, it won’t work offline from the DB - the only way to know where a location is - at all - is to consult the DB. not sure if it is available in offline form.[/li][li]The words used are ambiguous. I tell you I am at carrots.swings.select (which is in Nebraska) - or did I say carrots.wings.select (Turkey), or carrot.swings.elect (South Atlantic Ocean) or carrot.swings.select (South Pacific) or carrot.swing.select (somewhere in the ocean off Australia), and so on.[/li][li]The words are poorly chosen. Let’s hope you never have to tell someone you are at insert.finger.nuns (in Michigan) or glitter.admires.youth (in China), or mouth.flaps.stupidly (in Australia) or huge.rounded.bottom (in California) (not to be confused with huge.round.bottom, which is in Texas)[/li][li]The map is insufficiently granular - apparently Dominos Pizza is using the system - except they can’t be using it for deliveries, because there are plenty of city locations where a grid square spans the front doors of more than one house.[/li][/ul]
Seems to me like this is reinventing.the.wheel or a pointless.reference.system - what do you think?