The Latest in Travel Tech

It is always a great time to travel, but 2020 is predicted to be a great year for techy travellers with the reintroduction of wireless, travel-friendly drones, and more personalised ways to travel. Here are the new and exciting advances in travel tech to expect this year regardless of whether you are going to go and buy a commercial property in Melbourne, going on holiday in the Grampians or attending a future Melbourne festival. So once you have set your destination, you can bring along a little tech power to your travels. This can make travelling easier and more smooth as so many things can go wrong. Technology can give travellers the reassurance they need so that they can enjoy their trip worry free and experience all that life has to offer.

Go Tenna

This device acts like a walkie-talkie add on for your phone when you have no signal.

Are you planning to have a getaway abroad but don’t want to pay for mobile data while overseas? Or maybe you might go off-the-grid while visiting remote places. Go Tenna is the best solution to stay connected with the world. It is a Bluetooth operated plug-in device that allows you to send messages even when you are in an out of coverage area.  Messages are transmitted via radio waves, so no more getting lost at the airport pick up.

Mavic Pro Drone

This drone creates stunning aerial imagery, whilst only taking up 734 grams in your baggage.

Who doesn’t enjoy the dazzling montages of drone footage from Portugal, Miami and Myanmar? With DJi’s latest product, the Mavic, you can produce your own aerial videos and photography. Despite reaching 40mph and recording for 27 minutes at a time, this small and compact drone has been considered as the most consumer-friendly due to its size.

Just a friendly reminder, before flying your drone anywhere, be sure to check the local laws and airspace regulations. You might end up having to leave your drone behind if laws prevent use, which is worth considering when you pack.

Bragi Dash

This device is an in-ear fitness tracker and headphone.

Previous years might have been the years for Apple’s earbuds. However, 2020 is for Bragi Dash. Earphone use is taken to the next level, with wearable tech being crossbred with the earbuds. These earphones not only play your favourite tunes via two wireless buds, but they have in-ear biometric sensors, they’re waterproof, and they can take wireless calls as well. You can even take a conference call on the surfboard or while you are selling commercial real estate.

Smart Luggage Locks

What does it do?

Keys are things of the past. This device locks your luggage using Bluetooth instead of keys.

2020 brings a new convenient and worry free way of travelling. No more lost keys or forgotten codes. The Masterlock utilised Bluetooth technology to open and lock your suitcase. Once the eLocks app is downloaded, users and access permission for your own device and a number of others can be managed. GFC will also be introducing their new eGee Touch Smart Luggage Lock. This Bluetooth controlled zipper lock operates via the NFC app. There’s also a built-in TSA Lock in case you fly back and forth from the States often.

Pixel Phone + Google International Data

This device gets rid of data roaming boundaries.

Google has launched one of its best devices, an exceptional smartphone: 15-minute charge time, a 12.3 megapixel camera, powered by a super fast operating system. However, travellers are more attracted to the international data plan that comes along with it. US citizens can now buy the Google Pixel on any of the data plans, which will work in more than 135 countries. No roaming charges, no extra SIM cards needed. As of now, the device is only available to those who have a US mailing address, and 2020 will be the year to watch reviews of the data coverage from country to country. This is what an IT services company can assist you with should you have any issues.

Driverless Vehicles

Self driving vehicles will make for a smooth and hassle-free driving experience

The UK has successfully tested driverless cars and has confirmed their safety. However, it might a few years for insurance policies and new driving laws to be adapted to suit autonomous vehicles. There have been a number of cities that have tested out this technology before UK. The world’s first autonomous bus system has been launched  in Helsinki, San Francisco has been the recipient for testing Google’s driverless cars and Uber is currently testing autonomous vehicles in Boston as well. This will allow for more productive network performance monitoring while the car drives itself.

The Return of the Travel Agent

Travel has been personalised with bots and algorithms.

AI intelligence has been improving year-on-year, so it’s no surprise we will see more travel experiences that are being tailored to each customers needs. Brian Chesky, the founder of AirBnB, pioneered this kind of service and unleashed the world of Trips at the Los Angeles Open this year. These experiences will be customised around the host, whether you’re after vintage shopping in Paris or hiking through the Balkans. Skyscanner introduced a new service called Skyscanner Search for Alexa this year. Alexa is the AI ‘bot’ for Amazon, which you can ask a variety of questions too without going through any stressful communications. It’s almost like going back in time to a travel agent at your fingertips that can tell you in an instant what graphic design exhibitions are on, or fun events being hosted. These professionals have in-depth knowledge and a great understanding of what is happening and also what the best deals are. Often there is a misunderstanding that travel agents are trying to scam customers. This could not be further from the truth as they have professional knowledge on the best deals in town.