With COVID-19 plunging the world’s tourism industry into chaos and keeping over two billion people in lockdown, the year 2020 will forever be marked down in the history books as one of the unfriendliest times to travel. However, there is still a glimmer of hope. Numerous technologies are revolutionizing the transport industry in various ways. Apart from travellers taking epic pictures with digital cameras and using communication devices, other technologies make travel much safer and more comfortable for you and your family. Curious to find out more? Here are four technologies that are positively impacting the world of travel.
1. Navigation, transportation, and accommodation apps
Software developers have designed cutting-edge mobile applications to revolutionize different aspects of travel. Whether you want to find your way through busy streets or you want to save money while travelling, there are dozens of apps that can improve your travel experience. For example, while a travel app such as Airbnb makes booking of rooms easier for travel, the Uber app can come in handy when you are looking for a taxi to pick you up anytime, anywhere. Finally, with Google Translate, the language barrier is no longer a big problem for travellers.
2. Augmented Reality
Also known as AR, augmented reality is a technology that merges the views of the real-world environment upon digital images in real-time. With so many possibilities to offer, this cutting-edge technology is poised to transform the lives of many people, including travellers. Now, it Is becoming possible for thrill-seekers to experience their favorite destinations without having to step a foot there. For example, using the Everest virtual reality app, you can take a trip to the summit of Mt Everest without climbing dangerous rocks. Cool! Isn’t it?
3. Internet of Things (IoT)
IoT is taking the tourism industry by storm. It is a crazy technology that seeks to introduce intelligence into everyday objects by linking them to the internet. This includes connecting smart sensors to things like cars, household appliances, buildings, etc. Spain’s Hotel Technology Institute believes that IoT is the next most significant tech innovation that will transform the personalization of customers’ experiences in the coming years. Thanks to IoT, some suitcases now come with trackable devices that allow owners to pinpoint their locations at any given time. With this technology, people can avoid losing their baggage at the airports. It is this same technology that makes it possible to use smart code entry systems to secure valuables in self-storage access control facilities while you are away.
4. Entertainment System
Travel can be fun, but it is not always rosy. Especially if you are travelling with kids, you will need some form of entertainment to keep everybody occupied. Thankfully, at this age, your trip does not have to be boring anymore. There are various exciting entertainment apps available online for your pleasure; examples include Openbay and Roadtrippers. As if that is not enough, you can stream Netflix and listen to audiobooks on audible.com while on the go.
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