I have the project where, in one part of it, I need to add the timestamp to uniform generated points along the line (road, in my project). There is a road and uniform distributed points on it, which represent the trajectory of a car. Each point represents the car's location at certain time on the road.

How can I add dynamic timestamp that if, let's say, I need to decrease the speed of the car, the timestamp of the certain point will change as well?

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    You've tagged this with shapefile which only supports day resolution in date fields.
    – Vince
    Commented Jan 6, 2022 at 22:04
  • You had a tag for PyQGIS but have not presented any code in your question body and so I have removed it.
    – PolyGeo
    Commented Jan 6, 2022 at 23:12
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    Yo also have tags for shapefile and spatial-database but do not tell us which you are using. If it's a spatial database then which type?
    – PolyGeo
    Commented Jan 6, 2022 at 23:14

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Using the QGIS field calculator you can create an expression on a Time type field, with the speed as a variable. Changing the speed and re-calculating the expression will adjust the times accordingly. For the example I used 14 m/s (approx 50 km/h) as the initial speed and 20:00 as an arbitrary start time, the points are 250 m apart (created with the Points along Geometry tool on a line. The tool automatically adds a distance column to the point layer).

Assuming distance is meters and speed is meters per second:

with_variable('speed', 14,                             -- set the speed variable
    with_variable('start_time', make_time(20, 0 ,0),   -- set a start time variable
            WHEN "distance" = 0                        
            THEN @start_time                           -- input the start time at zero distance
            ELSE @start_time + to_interval(to_string("distance" / @speed) || ' seconds')  -- add the elapsed interval (distance/speed) to the start time and calculate the remaining rows 

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Change speed to 20 m/s: enter image description here

Note: for the labels in the images, I removed the milliseconds component from the time.

  • Thank you so much for your answer!! But, by saying Time field type, do you mean Date? Sorry for stupid questions, I just start working in QGIS :( Commented Jan 11, 2022 at 20:30
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    That's up to you :) QGIS offers both. I just chose time for the example. You can add the interval to a DateTime field and it will work the same.
    – Matt
    Commented Jan 11, 2022 at 20:46
  • In Field Calculator, there is no Time field type, sadly. There are only Whole number(integer), Whole number(integer 64 bit), Decimal number(real), String and Date. How can I add the field with Time field type? I tried the Date but it didn't work as I expected. Because, with the Date, the time difference can't be seen, since it shows only date as days, not seconds or minutes... Commented Jan 15, 2022 at 18:17
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    You can use the Add field tool to add a Time (or DateTime) field.
    – Matt
    Commented Jan 15, 2022 at 19:44
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    Good to hear :)
    – Matt
    Commented Jan 15, 2022 at 22:11

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