Travel Tech & the latest trends

By lavinaagarwal |Email | Apr 23, 2018 | 6891 Views

Biometric expertise has been introduced at LAX Airport in Los Angeles, at least temporality and the Transportation Security Administration launched a three-week trial to experiment with how facial recognition could speed up the security process.

The assessment includes two gate's in the Tom Omar Bradley International Terminal, where passengers scan their passports and boarding passes. The gate instantly verifies that the information on both documents match, and then snaps a photo of the traveler. Newer passports contain a microchip version of your photo, so the gate also compare your new photo with the one stored in your passport. If everything peers, rider is given a green light. While a TSA federal agent will still verify passenger identity operator to make sure no mistakes occurred, the hope is that one day fewer personnel will be needed.  TSA expects that facial recognition may help reduce dependencies on TSA personnel and expedite security processes, resulting in shorter lines and reduced wait times. 

For now, the biometric gates will only be used for a few hours each day, but trials like this are becoming more and more popular. Miami International Airport started a facial recognition pilot program last November, and Orlando International Airport now allows biometric boarding with facial recognition for British Airways flights to London's Gatwick Airport. JetBlue also experimented with facial recognition during boarding last June at Boston's Logan International Airport.

One of the best things about a travel agent is that they offer personalized travel recommendations. Now your voice assistant can do the same thing. All you have to do is ask the devices,  Let me talk to Lonely Planet,  and your device can share more information about a specific destination and insider tips for what to do. On the Alexa app you can also enable the Lonely Planet skill.

Much has been printed about the future of driverless vehicles, and the dangers of putting these cars on the road. London's Gatwick Airport has decided to deploy driverless buses during a six-week trial this summer. The trial is the first of its kind at any airport, and will consist of workers being shuttled back and forth between the North and South terminals on airside roads. Passengers and aircrafts will not be involved in the trial.

Gatwick partnered with Oxbotica, a company that develops software that enables vehicles to run autonomously. The data collected will help to determine if autonomous vehicles can successfully operate on a busy airfield. If the trials have positive results the International Air Transport Association sees more than 40 different uses for this technology, including push back tugs, passenger load bridges, and baggage vehicles. While passengers won't be riding in these vehicles, it's interesting to know that the bus you see on the tarmac might not be driven by a human in the future.

Source: HOB