Although your car insurance, home insurance, life insurance, etc. is a critical part of your personal insurance protection, it only helps after there is a loss. But what if you are in a car accident, a tire blows, or emergency assistance is needed and we aren’t at home or don’t know to tell someone to get to our exact location. What3Words is free cell phone app that can help.
We all use a multitude of applications on our Apple or Android phones. And we have all probably been told a specific application is “must have”. Occasionally a phone application comes along that can be so useful or important that it is worth consideration. What3words may be one of those applications.
Essentially What3Words allows a user of a cellular phone to pinpoint their location anywhere in the world by using 3 words. According to current statistics, 35.13% of all people – 2.71 billion – are smartphone users, many of them without specific addresses.
Here is how the application works. The developers divided the surface of the earth into 57 trillion squares that can be located using GPS. Each unique square is 3 meters x 3 meters (10 feet x 10 feet).
After talking with a mathematician, the company owner – Chris Sheldrick – found out there were enough 3 word combinations to uniquely locate every location in the world using 40,000 words.
Here are some of the current facts about What3Words:
- Emergency services are already using this application to identify the location of a person in need to within 10 feet
- Many police and EMS services in the U.S. are encouraging everyone to download the app as a precise locator for emergency services
- There are times where it could be important to know the exact location of yourself or someone in your family like a car breakdown, car crash, or a medical or family emergency.
No application is perfect, but if you need to get to a relative to help them out for any reason, if you would like to meet friends at a specific location, or if you may ever have an emergency need for EMS, police, or fire fighters, this may be an app to consider.