Researchers at the University of Seville in Spain have developed a system to estimate the time it takes to complete a walk in the countryside. The system includes an algorithm that counts length and gradient as the main variables when establishing how long a walk takes.
The researchers applied their method to routes across Spain, and concluded the formula provides a better approximation of the time that will be taken by an average hiker compared to other conventional systems. They say the algorithm can be a useful tool for organizations that manage these routes, as they will be able to give walkers better estimates of the duration of the routes and help them better understand infrastructure needs.
In addition, the algorithm can give an estimate for routes that have not been walked before.
From University of Seville
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