How is what3words different to GPS coordinates?


GPS coordinates use a string of numbers to identify a location – the more numbers you use, the more precise the location. what3words has simplified the equivalent of 16-digit GPS coordinates to 3 words.

For example, the GPS coordinate 51.520847, -0.19552100 takes you to the same place as ///filled.count.soap (which seems a lot simpler).

Not only are they easier to remember, but they’re quicker and easier to say over the phone too. They’re also simpler to enter into a device or navigation system, whether you’re typing or speaking them. Additionally, what3words has AutoSuggest technology which helps users quickly identify and correct input mistakes.

If you’d like to use GPS coordinates and British National Grid references with what3words: