The new version of Bitcoin ABC was released today, bringing closer the bitcoin cash community to have their own address format. The full node implementation of BCH includes a switch to a proprietary address format to distinguish it from bitcoin core.
It is expected that the change of address, which is scheduled to take place on January 14, will eliminate issues of BCH being sent to Segwit BTC addresses in error and help further distinguish bitcoin cash from the rest of the cryptocurrency market.
The release of Bitcoin ABC 0.16.2 includes a number of improvements to the bitcoin cash protocol, but the most notable is the addition of Cashaddr. It also utilizes the bech32 codebase and will apply benefits over and above a less confusing wallet address format. For instance, the new address system will make it easier to create QR codes and will pave the way for multi-party smart contracts to be added further down the line.