Are google maps walking times accurate?

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Raphael Paucek asked a question: Are google maps walking times accurate?
Asked By: Raphael Paucek
Date created: Mon, May 10, 2021 1:30 PM
Date updated: Tue, Jun 28, 2022 8:39 AM

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It's pretty accurate! Maps simply uses the average walk speed of a human, 5 km/h, to calculate walk times. Google cannot know that you are not going to walk the same speed as an average human.

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(j) Google Maps route time estimates are often quite inaccurate due to the way it calculates time, such as delays at intersections or average on-road route times. For example, it considers off-road bike trails to be much quicker relative to on-road bike routes than they really are (especially for experienced cyclists).

And Google Maps turns out to be pretty clever: It says it should take you 17 minutes to walk down the Mile – but 21 to walk up. Taking a more extreme example, it reckons walking up Ben Nevis (Britain’s tallest mountain) takes two hours and 42 minutes, while descending takes an hour and 57 minutes.

Maps simply uses the average walk speed of a human, 5 km/h, to calculate walk times. Google cannot know that you are not going to walk the same speed as an average human.

For reasons explained below in detail, Google Maps is currently less accurate for this route in particular and Japan in general than it would be for, say, the SF Bay Area in the US. As Mark points out, estimated times tend to be "best estimate", which assume you can drive at the legal limit at all times and never take rest breaks.

Can anybody speak as to the accuracy (or lack thereof) with regard to the estimated walking times given by Google Maps? Here's a list of some estimates for your review: 1) MGM Signature -=TO=- The Venetian -=31 Mins=- 2) MGM Signature -=TO=- The Bellagio -=17 Mins=- 3) MGM Signature -=TO=- Planet Hollywood -=5 Mins=-

It is fairly accurate, but can only tell you the average time the journey would take at the time of day you have checked it. Any journey time will vary according to the time of day and the traffic conditions, and the system cannot take into account the possibility of an accident causing delays (though it is usually aware of planned roadworks).

I would expect walking directions (like driving directions) which has the Google Maps app in the foreground all the time have the most accurate location data. One compromise is to open the Google Maps app at some moderate frequency (say 5 minutes) and allow it to get a GPS lock.

You can't really customize your walking speed in Google maps. What you can do is just adjust the expected trip duration by how much faster or slower you are than the average person. For example, if you walk 20% faster than the average person, you...

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