Google maps has a lot of data about how far and how fast you move around. When you search for a walking route to your destination is the app calculating the walking time based on your average walking speed?


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It does not take into account your walking speed but assumes a normal walking speed. From Google Maps help

What is the Google Map walking speed? Is this a constant value or does it change depending on slope?

Normal walking speed is about 3 miles per hour - It does not adjust for distance travelled, nor for whether you are on a road or footpath. It does adjust slightly for slope - it decreases more for uphill than it increases for downhill.

A user wanted customized speed, like you do and they were suggested to raise a feature request.

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    I am usually incensed by suggestions that I do Google's work for it by telling it which features need to be implemented, mainly because I know that Google has never and never will actually implement any of my suggestions and it is a waste of time to think otherwise (for me). However, there are some serious issues the lack of this feature causes, namely underestimating my walking speed causes it to suggest sub-optimal routes because it thinks it would take to long to walk to a particular public transportation pick up point or between points.
    – Michael
    Commented Jul 28, 2023 at 11:29
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    Also in general it ticks me off that every thread I find on Google's "support" page has already locked me out of adding my comment by the time I find it. In part on principle (there is no reason to ever disable commenting short of inability to prevent spam, etc.) but also because the fact that I am still having these problems so much later indicates the Google is not doing a good job at these things.
    – Michael
    Commented Jul 28, 2023 at 11:32
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    Quite agree. They don't listen, don't discuss and implement what they think users need
    – beeshyams
    Commented Jul 28, 2023 at 11:39
  • Also 3mph is ridiculous considering a male in mid sixties is expected to do 5KM jog in 30 minutes
    – beeshyams
    Commented Jul 28, 2023 at 11:43

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