CES, the world’s largest consumer electronics trade show, completely overtook Las Vegas, Nevada, last week, showing the world new and inspiring gadgets and technologies that will enhance and shape our lives in the near future.
The event also heralded the arrival of the travel revolution. As travellers get more tech-savvy on the road, the fight for consumer engagement among companies has increased. Multiple announcements showcased latest technologies, significantly impacting the world of travel.
Here are the top emerging consumer tech trends from this year’s CES that will likely impact the travel industry-
#1. Hyperloop – The Hyperloop technology hurtled closer to reality at CES 2018 with Virgin Hyperloop One demonstrating the first-ever hyperloop trip planning app for passengers and showcasing its first-generation hyperloop pod. Built in partnership with mapping and navigation company Here Technologies, the app will allow people to schedule hyperloop trips from city to city and door to door. While Hyperloop trains aren’t running yet, the company plans to release the app in 2018, so the transport system might arrive here soon than expected.
#2. Faster 5G mobile bandwidth – Travel apps and companies are all set to provide more personalized services to travellers as the 5G technology rolls out over the next few years. Travellers at large will no longer be constrained by data they can send or receive, making it easier for them to leverage the benefits of technology powered by Augmented Reality and other services. Travel companies could use AR to track movements, give directions and suggest things to do in the area, making travel easier.
#3. Enhanced on-the-go charging – Wireless charging pads were all over CES 2018, thanks to the launch of the new iPhones. Tons of companies released new products in a wide variety of form, factors and styles, specifically Qi wireless chargers, the popular industry standard that’s used by major smartphone companies. Better charging solutions are crucial for travellers, especially when trying to stay connected during delays. Travellers now have a wider selection of styles to choose from. Moreover, competition in the market might mean a race to develop even faster charging.
#4. Voice-assisted smart gadgets – Some of the most popular gadgets over the entire event were smart speakers with digital assistants. Apple is coming out with its own speaker this year; Microsoft and Samsung have partnered on another. Many online travel agencies will start exploring voice search capability for travel booking. As more devices gain voice-control capability, brands will be able to sell travel products through these channels.
#5. The rise of drones – Drones continue to remain popular with travellers, especially travel photographers and the CES 2018 saw a host of flying machines. While some were brand new, some were upgraded from their previous versions.
From the AirSelfie that is controlled by a phone app to go up into the air and take selfies, to the new Typhoon H Plus for those interested in serious drone photography and videography; drone fans will have much to cheer about this year.