How could technology not be shaping the future of travel? If one thinks back to the good ol’ days of rotary dial phones, fax machines and the venerable pen and note pad, the advances that we take for grated today become clear.
It’s Cloudy Out There
There are myriad binary methods sweeping the world today. The leaders of the digital pack are focused, specialized applications, or apps, that function in the ever growing world of cloud computing. Cloud technology has swept into cyberspace like a hurricane, and a vast array of uses has spawned an ocean of new business models. One of the business models taking full advantage of cloud computing is the travel industry. With the ability to streamline scheduling and other key aspects of the travel world, the cloud has proven to be a major benefit to this very complex business.
Customers can now access flight schedules, availability, be notified of cancellations, and even book flights from there smartphones, no matter where they may be. Compared to just a few decades ago, this is a quantum leap for travel that shouldn’t be taken for granted. Those who have never known a world without digital technology have no idea how far things have come along.
Blockchain software is making headway in nearly every aspect of cyberspace. Introduced with the advent of cryptocurrency, or perhaps because of cryptocurrency, blockchain technology has been found to be applicable to a great many things including the travel industry. It is a method of secure invoicing of transactions that is totally transparent and very secure. This software has the potential to eliminate much of the effort that goes into transactions and record-keeping and increase efficiency, thus making travel much easier for customers. Every little bit (and byte) helps when traveling, and blockchain is showing much promise for travelers.
Not so much pilot-less planes (yet), however, with the continued advances in robotics and automated vehicle technology, the confines of large airports is the perfect testing ground for automation of repetitive tasks in an controlled environment. From the handling of luggage, to transportation of passengers within airport property, robots and software are quickly changing how we travel. Removing the aspect of human error from certain areas can greatly improve efficiency and speed when traveling. Innovation in this area is very creative, and is proving to be well accepted too.
The mix of technology and travel is sculpting the industry in many ways. It’s hard not to take advantage of the great capabilities of software and technology in whatever business endeavor you choose. That the travel business has embraced technology in this wonderful digital era has been a boon for us all who love to travel. Traditional methods and practices are not entirely gone, and you are welcome to keep the status quo and leave your smartphone at home, however, tech marches on to the benefit of us all, and there will be more.