No Need for Google Maps as Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross to Integrate what3words

While Google Maps is generally referred to as the most advanced navigation system available with a free license, Mitsubishi has decided to embrace another service on its new Eclipse Cross.
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This time, the Japanese carmaker would stick with what3words, a service that’s supposed to offer more precise navigation with a rather unique approach.

How what3words works is pretty simple. The service divides the entire world into 3-meter squares, each with a unique address generated using just three random worlds. Users can thus point to a specific square using these three words, so theoretically, setting the navigation to an exact address is much easier when what3words is being used.

And this is exactly what Mitsubishi is aiming for on the refreshed Eclipse Cross. Drivers can input the address in their navigation using just the three words of the square they are planning to go to without the need for installing any other application.

The new feature is only available on models equipped with TomTom navigation software, and it also works offline, which means that you don’t even need to connect the head unit to the Internet for the whole thing.

Drivers can also rest assured that they will always arrive at exactly the right destination, with AutoSuggest technology prompting with intelligent suggestions to identify and correct mistakes. In a world first, what3words works offline the Eclipse Cross. No app, data or cellular connection is required to input or navigate to a what3words address,” what3words explains in a press statement (also embedded below).

Not a long time ago, what3words announced another major expansion, as it signed a deal with HERE to integrate its services into the navigation software pre-loaded on cars using its maps. It’s estimated over 150 million vehicles worldwide use HERE maps, so what3words therefore becomes available to more and more drivers out there.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, however, is the first car in the world to come with this feature pre-loaded.
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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