How technology is changing the way we travel

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Technology is constantly changing the world we live in, but one area that it’s affecting most drastically is how we move around the planet. Here are just a few ways that technology is changing the way that we travel.

Location based technology

Everything these days has location information on it – your smartphone, your camera, even your luggage. The days of lost luggage could become a thing of the past. Airbus has designed a connected suitcase that enables you to track your bag on your phone for the duration of your travels, so that you know your case has made it onto the plane and will meet you at your destination.

And that’s not the only use for location based technology. Using your smartphone there are numerous apps that will help you find things to do, places to visit, and offer you deals and offers when you’re in a new city.

RFID/NFC

Both RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and NFC (Near Field Communications) are already being used but are still in the infancy of their lives. They are both used for short range communication of data between devices. For example, RFID chips containing personal details are embedded in the passports of a number of countries. These chips can be scanned by an RFID reader to quickly pull up information on the owner of the passport. This also makes it harder to counterfeit a passport as well, adding anything layer of security at airports that have embraced the technology.

NFC, on the other hand, is being used in smartphones and credit cards, allowing users to make purchases with the tap of their NFC enabled device or card. As this technology grows, this could see the end of having to carry a lot of money when travelling, making it safer for tourists.

Wearable technology

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Google Glass already has the technology world buzzing with excitement about the potential it has to change our world. But Virgin Atlantic has already run a pilot scheme as to how they could utilise the technology.

In February this year, the airline had staff in its Upper Class lounge kitted out with the wearable tech so that they were able to update passengers on the latest flight information, as well as providing details of the weather and local events at their destination. In the future, the technology could alert airline staff of passengers’ dietary requirements or refreshment preferences – anything to provide a better and more personalised service for customers.

Virtual holidays

In the future we could find that we’re offered the chance to experience a holiday before we take it. Through technology like Oculus Rift, travellers will be able to ‘test-drive’ destinations before they even commit to booking. And Haptic technology that provides tactile feed back will also allow travellers to sample things like the texture of the hotel’s bed, or the plushness of an airplane seat.

What other technology would you like to see to make travel easier?


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