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Personalised Hiking Time Estimation

Abstract

There are numerous attempts to estimate hiking time since the age of the ancient Roman Empire, the new digital era calls for more precise and exact solutions to be implemented in mobile applications. The importance of the topic lies in the fact that route planning algorithms and shortest path problems apply time estimations as cost functions. Our intention is to design a hiking time estimation method that accounts for terrain circumstances as well as personal factors, while the level of accuracy and the simplicity of the algorithm should enable the solution to be utilised in the practice. We refine Tobler’s earlier results to estimate a relation between terrain steepness and hiker’s velocity. Later we use fitted curve to design our novel, personalised hiking time estimation method.

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