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Egg hatching requires you to move no faster than a certain speed in order for distance traveled to count towards hatching eggs.

Do the same restrictions apply for moving around with your buddy pokémon?

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Yes.

It seems that the speed limit is very similar to the one set for hatching eggs - around 10.5 km/h.

Also, the way in which the game calculates distance and speed seems to be exactly the same for both eggs and buddies.

See more information here.

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    @TrentHawkins I've purposefully been going up and down a street near me at around 15 - 20km/h - No progress. There is some at first, but the app quickly catches up and stops counting. it needs to catch you in the act two or three times before it stops counting. – Иво Недев Sep 14 '16 at 10:00
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    Aha! I found the Reddit post where some experiments were carried out, and explains it in greater detail. If I'm reading it correctly, the game effectively uses a repeating 1min timer and distance traveled to determine speed. So if you start with 30 seconds left on the timer and don't exceed the distance (~175m per 1 minute) you gain full credit for that, but continued driving would put you over the speed detection. – Trent Hawkins Sep 14 '16 at 10:13
  • @TrentHawkins Yep, something like that. Also the path you take matters as the game would take your point A and then some time later it would take your point B and perform some kind of unknown calculation to determine the distance traveled. So you might be on a speeding track doing 1 minute laps with 200km/h+ and you wouldn't be over the limit as far as the app is concerned, so long as A and B is close enough. – Иво Недев Sep 14 '16 at 10:24
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    "some kind of unknown calculation" - it's called the pythagorean theorem. – Random832 Sep 14 '16 at 17:04

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