Google Maps

How can Google Maps be smarter for its users?

  • Product: Google Maps (iOS app)
  • Hardware: iPhone 6s
  • Problem: ETA for walking directions is “static”; users have to personally adjust Google Map’s ETA to find their actual ETA.
    e.g., “Google Maps says it will take 15 minutes, but I’m a fast walker, so it will take me about 11 minutes.”
  • Solution: Learn individual users’ walking speeds over time to more accurately estimate walking times.
    Same for biking and driving.

This has been a problem since the genesis of Google Maps walking –WHYYYY???  Our brains should not have to “machine learn” our adjusted Google Maps walking speeds.


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