what3words is a new app that makes horse riding safer. It has divided the globe into 3m x 3m squares and given each one a unique 3 word address. You can share the 3 word address with anyone to help them find you, wherever you are in the world.
The accurate and easy to remember format is already proving valuable to horse owners and riders, helping others pinpoint their exact location, whether it is to meet at a horse show or in the case of an accident.
The 3 word address format covers the entire world, never needs updating, and works offline. For example, ///petted.birdhouse.pitcher will take you to the middle of the Sydney International Equestrian Centre’s indoor arena.
Emergency services around the world are adopting and recommending what3words, and have specifically identified the benefits of this free app to the equestrian community.
The 3 words generated by the app gives everyone and everywhere a simple, accurate and reliable address. 3 word addresses are easier to remember than a postal address and can be shared more accurately than any other location reference system. Downloading what3words app to your smart phone makes horse riding safer. This is why it is being recommended by fire and rescue teams across everywhere.
In the UK, a horse who got stuck in a five feet ditch was found and rescued very quickly thanks to what3words. He slipped into the ditch while out on a hack and could not get out. After struggling to explain their location to the emergency services operator, his rider remembered she had the app on her smart phone, and sent them the 3 word address. The rescue team arrived within 15 minutes and safely extricated the horse, who despite suffering some injuries, has made a full recovery.
The developers have also entirely optimised what3words for voice, allowing for the easiest and most human-friendly possible input. 3 word addresses are currently available in 40 languages, allowing more than half of the world’s countries to use them in at least one of their official languages.
A what3words address is a human-friendly way to share very precise locations with other people, or to input them into platforms and machines such as autonomous cars or e-commerce checkouts. It is optimised for voice input and contains built-in error prevention to immediately identify and correct input mistakes.
The company’s partners include Mercedes-Benz, who recently launched the world’s first car with built-in what3words voice navigation. Mercedes-Benz, Ford and TomTom drivers can now navigate anywhere in the world by saying three words to their car. Meanwhile, Domino’s Pizza is delivering food hotter and faster to 3 word addresses around the world, whilst travellers are navigating with ease with the help of Lonely Planet’s and Airbnb’s 3 word address listings. And numerous humanitarian partners are using the technology to help people in need: The United Nations has adopted the technology for disaster response and relief, in addition to the Philippine Red Cross. Many emergency services can also accept 3 word addresses to locate people in need.
Individuals are using the what3words app to navigate the world more easily and to meet friends in places without addresses such as parks, beaches or at crowded festivals.
3 word addresses are being used by running clubs to set meeting points, by off-roading fans in the deserts of the Middle East, and by hotels to guide guests to their entrance without complicated written directions.
The free what3words app, available for iOS and Android, and the online map enable people to find, share and navigate to what3words addresses in 40 languages to date. A 3 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.
Other useful apps that use location services are integrating what3words address format. For example, the Huufe app a ride-tracking app that includes a SafeRide feature that detects when a rider has fallen from their horse.
You can find your 3 word address here.