New Generation of Business Travelers Means a New Generation of Tech

Travel technology has tremendously changed the way we travel. As people all over the world travel more and more for leisure, business travelers expect the same level of tech innovation and engagement to enhance the ease and efficiency of their corporate trip.

As a result, travel managers and business travel agents are having to take on new roles and learn new skills. Employees expect them to be up-to-date with the latest leisure travel tech trends and to find a way to bring these into the corporate domain.

The hotel industry is exposed to the new demands from corporate travelers. Hotels will need to provide these customers with a personalized experience while factoring in the need of the corporate as well as the traveler.

The car rental business is another field of business travel which is undergoing major change is the rental car business. Companies such as Europcar and Sixt are well advanced in their use of voice search while car manufacturers such as BMW are strong on integrating voice commands into their vehicles.

Autonomous cars could likely become a major alternative to airport taxis. Tomorrow’s business travel innovations are not be limited to self-driving cars. Drone-taxis, ordered by app, could be the future of autonomous transportation. Business customers, experienced frequent travelers with tight schedules, could be the early adopters of this future tech.

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The Future of Transportation

After years of development and innovation around the world, we are reaching a point where robo cars and 700 mph trains do not seem too far out of reach. What will travel look like in tomorrow’s world?

Author Jenny Southan writes that she rode in a driverless car for the first time in 2012, in Abu Dhabi’s futuristic Masdar City – a planned eco-hub with restaurants, offices, apartments and university buildings. In the quiet campus in the desert, she was greeted by a series of glass doors, beyond which were parking bays for a fleet of sleek little solar-powered pods that were summoned at the touch of a button. There was no driver in the car, just a computer monitor that allowed you to select your destination. The doors closed and the pod zoomed off, following magnets embedded in the road.

There is the promise of increased road safety, which is good news for the travel manager but relies on a consensus that the technology will not fail. According to US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 94 per cent of vehicle crashes in the US can be traced back to a human choice or error. Hard to believe? Since launching in 2010, running 18 hours a day and carrying two million people, the Masdar City Personal Rapid Transit system has not had one single accident.

Robo-taxis, flying cars, jet packs, 700 mph trains – is this how we’ll travel in tomorrow’s world? An interesting read! See more here.

Google Flights Will Now Predict Airline Delays

Google is rolling out a few new features to its Google Flights search engine to help travelers deal with some of the more frustrating aspects of air travel! Regarding delays, Google Flights won’t just be pulling in information from the airlines directly, however – it will take advantage of its understanding of historical data and its machine learning algorithms to predict delays that haven’t yet been flagged by airlines themselves.

Google says the combination of data and A.I. technologies allows it to predict some delays in advance of any sort of official confirmation. However, Google says that it won’t actually flag these in the app until it’s at least 80 percent confident in the prediction. It will also provide a reason for the delay, whether it be weather related or a late arrival.

The other new feature aims to help travelers make sense of what Basic Economy fares include and exclude with their ticket price. Google Flights will now display the restrictions associated with these fares – like restrictions on using overhead space or the ability to select a seat, as well as the fare’s additional baggage fees.

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