The **metre per second** (American English: **meter per second**) is an SI derived unit of both speed (scalar) and velocity (vector quantity which specifies both magnitude and a specific direction), defined by distance in metres divided by time in seconds.

The SI unit symbols are **m·s−1**, **m s−1**, **m/s**, or **m/s**,^{[1]} sometimes (unofficially) abbreviated as *mps*.

# Conversions

1 m/s is equivalent to:

1 foot per second = 0.3048 m/s (exactly)^{[6]}

1 mile per hour = 0.44704 m/s (exactly)^{[7]}

1 km/h = 0.27 m/s (exactly)^{[8]}

# Relation to other measures

The **benz**, named in honour of Karl Benz, has been proposed as a name for one metre per second.^{[9]} Although it has seen some support as a practical unit,^{[10]} primarily from German sources,^{[9]} it was rejected as the SI unit of velocity^{[11]} and has not seen widespread use or acceptance.^{[12]}

# Unicode character

The "metre per second" symbol is encoded by Unicode at code point U+33A7 ㎧ SQUARE M OVER S ❰ ㎧ ❱.^{[13]}