Good travel apps, just in time for summer

Planning that summer vacation, road trip or trek? Some new apps for your smart phone might be just what you need to help those summer vacation plans work out for the best.

Window Seat is one of the coolest new ones. After loading your flight plan just before take off, Window Seat alerts you of stuff below as you fly. This one is an offline, inflight map that uses predictive technology which knows the location of all commercial flights in the contiguous U.S. based the assigned route and airtime.
Coming up, IBM is working on a system that predicts traffic that has not happened yet. Destined to show up in an app Designed for commuters, the Smart Traveler app is being tested in California.

“In a technology advance that will ultimately help drivers around the world avoid rush hour traffic jams, IBM Research has developed a new predictive modeling tool that will allow drivers to quickly access personalized travel recommendations to help them avoid congestion, and save time and fuel” IBM said in a press release.

For example, IBM monitors incoming 911 calls, tagging the originating location via GPS then considering the effect of all those fire trucks, police cars and ambulances on traffic.

“By actively capturing and analyzing the massive amount of data already being collected, we’re blending the automated learning of travel routes with state-of-the-art traffic prediction of those routes to give travelers timely information that can help them make decisions about the best way to get to their destination” added IBM.

Finally, My Campmate is a great app for anyone hiking, fishing, camping or just someone who gets lost a lot. In the middle of nowhere, tired of fabulous food cooked in the wilderness and just want to find a grocery store? My Campmate finds it for you, drops a pin in it’s map and off you go.

Users can also compile a group of “Mates” they travel with often, split the cost of the trip with the touch of one button or locate yourself in relation to your campsite. No need to leave a trail of breadcrumbs anymore.

Flickr photo by Lars Plougman

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