How does Google Maps know how long it will take to reach your destination?


Google Maps is the perfect tool for planning a car trip, as it explains step-by-step how to get from start point to destination and precisely tells you how long it will take to arrive.

The truth is, Google Maps' algorithm is quite reliable if you want to know how long it will take to reach your destination. We decipher the mystery and find out how he does it below.

The first information that Google Maps takes into account to calculate the traffic on the road, and thus, how long it will take to reach your destination, is the anonymous data of the users who have activated the location services.

If users using Google Maps' Navigation Mode move at a slower speed than those specified on the road, Google will interpret the presence of traffic congestion in that area and apply it directly to the map. As you do that? Coloring that area orange - cars are moving slowly - or red - traffic is complete, cars are stationary -.

Once users' scrolling speed returns to normal, Google will remove this traffic jam from the map. On the other hand, the algorithm also uses the data provided by the users themselves when reporting accidents or traffic jams directly in the Goga Maps app. If there is a recorded collision in one of the sections of your route, the duration of the flight will be extended.

Google's algorithm can distinguish between types of vehicles - cars, motorcycles, etc. - so if you determine that a motorcycle is moving in a traffic jam, you know that this does not mean that cars can move normally. All this information also applies when calculating the time it takes to reach the destination point on your route.

Another action Google takes to find this information is to compare your speed with the speed limit for the road you're on. Thus, it evaluates your speed, maximum speed and the speed of other users on the road to determine the remaining journey time. If you slow down, Google Maps will adjust the time.

In addition, Google also obtains information from traffic sensors and satellite data so that its algorithm calculates the time from the starting point to the destination.

  You now know that thanks to the anonymous data of users with the active location, that of traffic sensors and those of satellites, Google can accurately calculate how long it will take to reach your destination.

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