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Former Google engineer explains how Google Maps determines your ETA


The feature in most navigation apps that offers at estimated time of arrival is a nice add-on that gives drivers a general idea of when they might arrive at their destination. Of course, some services are better than others at estimating your ETA and as is often the case when it comes to anything involving crunching large amounts of data with numerous variables, Google is better than most. While the exact science Google uses to calculate its projected arrival times remains a mystery to those outside the Maps team, a former Google engineer recently offered a good general explanation of how Google Maps calculates your ETA. “Like in similar products, Google maps ETAs are based on a variety of things, depending on

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