Virtual Reality Tours Could Be the Holidays of the Future
Futuristic predictions such as pilotless planes and 3D printed plane food in addition to the use of virtual reality may be part of our holiday experiences by 2035, according to a new report by travel website Expedia.
According to the travel company’s latest report, Holiday of the Future, people may soon be turning their attention to virtual reality (VR) as a way of finding holiday inspiration instead of relying on information from friends and family.
The use of VR means that interested individuals can try a country out before buying a plane ticket to their chosen destination. With the use of technology through the Oculus Rift headsets, people have a unique opportunity to interact with their holiday surroundings from the comfort of their home.
Rachael Power from Virtual Reality News told Expedia that:
Virtual reality has the potential to radically change travel. People can ‘try before they buy’ by visiting locations in VR, from the UAE to the Irish Wild Atlantic Way.
It also opens doors to those less able or who might not be able to afford holidays.
It also shakes things up for those who are immobile or on smaller budgets; the view from Machu Picchu is now simply the cost of a Google Cardboard headset away.
Changing How We Pay for Holidays
The report mentions that futurologists predict that a crypto-economy could be feasible in the future, allowing people to exchange goods without banks or currencies getting involved.
As the digital currency bitcoin continues to grow in our day-to-day lives with sites such as Expedia accepting the currency as payment, it may not be too long before paying in fiat currency becomes a thing of the past.
Robots at Your Service
Some future predictions are already in existence such as the use of robots with the technology already in use in Asia.
In the Expedia report, it mentions how scientists at the University of Cornell have invented a robot that can predict when you’re hungry, refill your cup, and even open doors.
It may be some time, however, before the use of robots are readily available to the masses.
Pilotless Planes and 3D Plane Food
Other predictions mentioned in the Expedia report include pilotless planes and 3D plane food.
While the mere thought of a plane without a pilot may be daunting, this type of technology already exists with the use of driverless cars.
In 2013, technology company BAE Systems flew a Jetstream aircraft, with passengers onboard and no pilot, across U.K. airspace. Once in the air, the ‘Flying Test Bed’ flight was completely automated.
Ben Kepes, a self-confessed technology evangelist explained to Expedia that:
Pilotless planes and point-to-point travel without much of the hassle of existing transiting paradigms will become the norm.
With planes comes in-flight food. This, of course, has never been too exciting, but according to Expedia ‘the future flyer could be offered an array of organic meals that are tailored to dietary requirements.’
Passengers could have the opportunity of designing their own menu, with many believing that the ability to print your own 3D food in-flight will become an option.
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