Top Five Technological Advances in Travel

Technology is changing all aspects of our lives, from how we communicate to how we work to how we watch TV. Even our travel is benefitting from new technological advances.
You can now download a localized Google Map to your phone for use even when you don’t have wifi or data access.
In fact, technological and engineering advances top the list of coming travel-related improvements. recently published 15 new travel advances we can expect to see, and we picked out a few of our favorites.
If you have a smartphone, you’ll be especially jazzed by what you can do with that ever-expanding, multi-tasking device.
Hilton and Marriott are in the process of updating the mechanisms that lock their guest rooms so travelers can unlock the door using their smartphone. By simply downloading an app when you check in, your phone acts as a key, and you have one less thing to keep track of during your visit.
With the implementation of baggage fees, travelers are doing everything they can to avoid paying. That means they’re lugging more onboard the plane, and Boeing has decided to stop denying this reality. Space Bins accommodate 50 percent more carry-on bags than traditional overhead bin spaces, and they’re hung lower in the cabin, making them easier to access.
If you’ve ever lost your luggage, you know how much of an inconvenience and worry it is. Smart luggage with built-in tracking devices alleviate that worry, unless through some fluke your bag gets routed to the wrong destination. There’s still nothing you can do to stop that, but at least you’ll know where it is, which can help get it back to you.
Imagine returning home from a trip, only to realize you can’t find your house key! What if you need to allow the dog watcher to get in the house but you don’t want to loan out a key? Smart Lock by August allows you to lock and unlock the door to your home remotely, create virtual keys for guests, and keep track of who comes and goes. It works on the same principles as the hotel smart key, but it’s created specifically for the home market.
Lastly, navigating a city you’ve never visited is challenging, but even more so if you’re using Google Maps and don’t have a strong wifi signal. Last year Google introduced Google Offline Maps, a free program allowing travelers to access its maps without using precious data. Just download your destination maps, and you can still keep track of where you’re heading as you’re out sightseeing.
What are some technological advances would you like to see when you travel? Have you heard of any upcoming changes to the travel industry? Share them with us in our comments section below, on our Facebook page, or in our Twitter stream.