How do I navigate using mapcodes?

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In countries where roads and houses have no names or addresses, you can use a mapcode instead. A mapcode represents a location.

Every location on Earth, including those in the sea like islands and oil rigs, can be represented by a mapcode. Mapcodes are short, and easy to recognise, remember and communicate. They are precise to a few metres, which is good enough for every-day use.

Go to mapcode.com for instructions on how to find the mapcode for a location.

Mapcodes are more precise and more flexible than the address on a business card. You can PICK the location you want to associate with your address, for example, the main entrance or entrance to a car park.

Planning a route using a mapcode

To plan a route using a mapcode, do the following:

  1. Select the Main Menu button to open the Main Menu.

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  2. Select Search.

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    The search screen opens with the keyboard showing.

  3. Type in your mapcode. You can enter any of these mapcode types:
    • International, for example, WH6SL.TR10.
    • Country-specific, for example, GBR 8MH.51.
    • Alternative country-specific, for example, GBR 28.Y6VH or GBR LDGZ.VXR.

  4. As you type in the mapcode, suggestions are shown based on what you have entered. You can continue typing or select a suggestion.

    Towns and roads are shown on the left, POIs are shown on the right.

    Tip: You can switch between seeing the results on the map or in a list by selecting the list/map button:

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  5. Select a suggestion for your destination.

  6. Select Drive.

    Your navigation device plans a route then starts to guide you to your destination. As soon as you start driving, the guidance view is shown automatically.

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