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Triumph and what3words join forces

Triumph and navigation and location specialists what3words have joined forces to ensure you are never lost again

TRIUMPH newest range of adventure motorcycles come pre-loaded with what3words tech to ensure that wherever you are, you’re never actually lost.

The software comes preloaded into the latest range of Bluetooth equipped Triumph motorcycles. Now instead of finding postcodes, grid-references or places on a map, users can quickly and easily find their location, or that of somebody else, using just three words.

What is what3words?

What3words are a global mapping system, that breaks the globe up into three-metre square areas, each of which has its own unique three-word phrase.

Take Silverstone for instance. It’s a sprawling site that’s too big to just say, ‘we’re at Silverstone’ if you were meeting some mates. The main gate on the Dadford road at Silverstone is named: ///passes.income.requiring and the medical centre behind the pits is ///rumble.education.splinters.

The accuracy of the system means you’ll never have to stand in a crowded paddock, waving an umbrella above your head ever again.

What are the uses of the app?

Aside from the obvious benefits of not having to work out a six-figure grid reference, the system could come in extremely handy for directing the emergency services to your location if you are at a location with no known street address, green laning for instance.

It has proved that successful that even the emergency services in the UK have adopted the method as a way of accurately and quickly locating a casualty or an incident. If you ring for an ambulance and are in the middle of nowhere, for instance, the three words can quickly point help in the right direction.

Triumph’s latest Tiger 900 uses the what3words technology to make route-finding and navigating, via the Bluetooth equipped TFT screen, easier. All you have to do is input the waypoints (in word form) into the My Triumph app, and the system works with the TFT providing you with waypoints via the screen’s turn by turn navigation.

We tried the system out while riding off-piste in Morocco and I have to admit, it’s very simple and intuitive to use and, when combined with the Tiger 900’s super clear and extremely large TFT dash, much easier than glancing down at a handlebar-mounted sat nav or such like.

If anything, the only downside to the app is that all the rude words have been removed – now where’s the fun in that?

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