I'm asking this question because of a very specific issue I'm facing a lot of times. Google maps suggests me a longer + more time consuming routes sometimes when it has the shorter, less time consuming routes. What is the logic behind this suggestion.

I will share a screenshot of this happens in the Google Maps Web (since I have to match the perfect timing to make that happen in mobile but in the web I can change the departure time and reproduce the scenario. I will update the post as soon as it happens the next time on the mobile.)

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  • Any screenshots of this occurring? I've not had this happen to me that I can recall. – SiXandSeven8ths Dec 20 '17 at 19:12
  • Hi @SiXandSeven8ths , updated the post with an screenshot. It is a screenshot from web since I cannot reproduce the scenario on my mobile but I can do it on the web via changing the departure time. But I can assure you that this is the result I get if I try it on the mobile at the set time. – Yehan Dec 21 '17 at 8:20
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    Traffic conditions , private roads could be one reason. Other reason in Maps settings > Route options - have you selected any that prevent showing the shortest - like Avoid Motorways or avoid toll roads? (accessible from 3 dot menu on the app) – beeshyams Dec 21 '17 at 11:19
  • @beeshyams Nope, I have not restricted any result with those options. And for sure, the route the map suggesting is the best from my experience. I am just curious on how the map gives this suggestion and what might be the ingredients beyond the distance and duration? – Yehan Dec 21 '17 at 14:32
  • It looks like traffic - I just checked on my app . Click steps at the bottom and see the congestion reported Vis-a-Vis the other route – beeshyams Dec 21 '17 at 14:38