Travel technology innovations

Can you imagine what travelling will be like in ten years’ time? A new report by UK-based search site Skyscanner has revealed its top predictions regarding what travelling will be like in 2024.

Travelling in terms of planning, booking and the overall experience of the holidaymaker is likely to be defined by next-generation technology, including semantic search, wearable technology and artificial intelligence (AI), TNooz website reports.

Ten years from now, many travel companies will be relying on voice and gesture controlled technologies to provide travellers with unique experiences. Semantic search will become a well-established means of searching for destinations and hotels, but Skyscanner believes the technology will have advanced to the extent where facial expressions may be recognised to assess a users’ response and adjust results accordingly. Moreover, big data will be used to create a personal profile for the traveller based on their past travelling experiences and preferences regarding accommodation, so that only the most relevant results are provided.

Meanwhile, wearable technology will create many new opportunities for travellers. This technology already exists, with gadgets such as Google Glass and wristwatches with smartphone functions like the Sony SmartWatch gaining in popularity. In 2024, however, it is predicted these will shrink and become incorporated into a device as small as a contact lens, for example, providing instant translations to travellers, among other things.

Skyscanner predicts that over the next decade miniaturisation will become a key concept in the adoption of new technology and soon everyone will own a tiny digital AI device, which will respond immediately to its owner’s personal preferences.

Ben Hollom

April 14, 2014