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This is a famous issue, with reams of research around navigation tools based on landmarks. Comments directly from Google:

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/go-thataway-google-ma...

The idea of a human usable URL would be that they'd compose the hierarchy of address URL using local addressing standards and end up with a pin at the right spot.

My understanding is this is one eventual goal of Street View database: to be able to use image recognition (street names, street numbers, buildings, landmarks, etc) to more correctly locate pins.

http://static.googleusercontent.com/external_content/untrust...




>My understanding is this is one eventual goal of Street View database: to be able to use image recognition (street names, street numbers, buildings, landmarks, etc) to more correctly locate pins.

They're now using reCAPTCHA to assist with that: http://techcrunch.com/2012/03/29/google-now-using-recaptcha-...

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Fascinating! I really think geocoding has a long way to go. Google is doing a pretty good job at it (as opposed to Apple for example), but there is still a long way to go. Reverse geocoding will always remain a bit more tricky though, as some places just have multiple names. You never know which one is going to offend which people.

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