CES is one of the biggest annual tech shows and where all the innovative and otherwise cool technology is unveiled each year. From robots that fold your clothes to the latest in self-driving cars, you’ll see a little bit of it all, but what about when it comes to travel tech? Here are a few up-and-coming products you’ll want to keep on your radar.
The Robot Suitcase
Forget lugging your suitcase around the airport. This robotic suitcase from Ovis is autonomous and follows you wherever you go using computer vision algorithms. It can even avoid obstacles, keeping itself out of trouble and leaving your hands free to carry more important items.
Maybe the next time you head from the airport to the hotel you’ll be carted around by a driverless electric shuttle. The new Bosch driverless electric shuttle is still in its prototype stage, but there are some exciting developments in the works, including all the tech needed to ensure obstacle avoidance, allow passengers to book the shuttle via an app, control an algorithm to properly assign travel and more.
Long road trip ahead of you? Make the drive (or, at least, the passenger experience) a little more fun with in-car VR brought to you by Disney and Audi. Passengers can play virtual reality games synced to the car’s real-world movement for a decreased likelihood of nausea.
On the more serious side, if you struggle to travel while taking certain medications (like insulin), Lifeinabox can be a legitimate lifesaver. It keeps medicines cold for up to four hours without any power and can be recharged just about anywhere. An app keeps you up to date on how the device is working, so you never have to worry.
Explore Eastern Europe and former Soviet-bloc countries with Freewheel Holidays self-guided cycling tours that allow you to see the region at your own pace while enjoying the great outdoors in Romania, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.
Wales is often an overlooked country because it’s smaller than its neighbors and does not have as many popular landmarks and attractions to pull people in. However, the country is gorgeous and travelers who make the journey will be left breathless by the beauty of the landscape. It’s a green land with rolling hills and quaint towns. Wales is also home to many beautiful castles waiting to be visited.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.