The Movement

Travel Oracle

by
Gina LoBuglio
Gina LoBuglio | Mar 4, 2016 | in Rate These Concepts

Our new website is a glimpse into your immediate future! It takes your intended journey and gives you video highlights of the trickiest bits. So you can prepare how to drive somewhere new or find out which way to turn out of a train or bus station or rehearse where to get your connection. You can also set the software to plan your route, and choose different travel modes or a faster or more scenic journey. And get live instructions as you go! As a member of Travel Oracle you can also upload your videos or local tips. Join in and predict the future! 

joanna butler-savage Mar 4, 2016

this would be very useful for city centres which i always struggle with - if there was a way of linking this to sat nav it would be a comprehensive guide

Janet Bradley Mar 4, 2016

When you say it gives you video highlights - do you mean you get a recorded street view journey? If so, can these videos be optional as to whether they are in daylight or night - I often find journeys can look very different at night.

Nicky Griffiths Mar 4, 2016

Also when walking you may wish to take a different route at night, such as a better lit area.

Janet Bradley Mar 4, 2016

Yes that is true... you want the safest route too.

Janet Bradley Mar 6, 2016

I guess as this is looking at a website not an app... then it would mean this would be looked at when we were either still at home, or in an area where we can access wifi.

Janet Bradley Mar 10, 2016

I wonder if those people who have dash cams could constantly upload new videos so that you could see the latest video of what was happening en route.

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Gill Chedgey Mar 5, 2016

I'd like to see the brief include pedestrians. I've used Google Street View to plan journeys, usually on foot, for some time so this concept offers some potential in my opinion. Night mode would be an interesting innovation as up to now I have never seen anything but daytime, with good reason. But as a travel app all possibilities need to be explored and hopefully there is the technology to do this. The facility to upload user videos and user tips is interesting, is that envisaged as real time tips as users encounter potential problems or hazards? Live instructions are mentioned which prompted my raising that question.

Janet Bradley Mar 5, 2016

good point... if roadworks are there, and a diversion is in place... live instructions that are up-to-date are essential

Fiona Boubert Mar 7, 2016

Great points about passengers and night mode.

joanna butler-savage Mar 10, 2016

i like the idea of night mode as this is when it can be most confusing - it took me an hour to find my way out of manchester after a concert as i had forgotten the satnav and left the car park the wrong way

Janet Bradley Mar 11, 2016

Yes...I mentioned the same about videos for day and night...places look completely different in the dark

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Mary O'Connor Mar 5, 2016

Sounds like what a Satnav should be!

joanna butler-savage Mar 5, 2016

i suspect in years to come we will be able to purchase virtual reality sat nav from companies like google. perhaps this could be combined with amazing glasses or contact lenses that project it onto your vision as you navigate it.

joanna butler-savage Mar 5, 2016

I'm getting carried away now but i would love there to be a way of projecting this type of thing onto your windscreen

Janet Bradley Mar 5, 2016

Before google glass has made it to the roads, our country has already banned it from being used by car drivers... and probably good job... it could be really dangerous for a driver to be using it on the move!

joanna butler-savage Mar 6, 2016

for glasses/lenses you would be on foot but in car there would be a control that stopped you using it unless you were stationary. my car will not allow me to program the satnav while i am moving

Janet Bradley Mar 6, 2016

I think you will find that the UK government has banned google glass from being used on the roads... so even if you were stationery but the car was switched on, you could be fined... the only way acceptable would probably if you were parked properly by the side of the road, or in a space, with the engine off, could you use.

joanna butler-savage Mar 10, 2016

i hadn't realised that but it makes sense! perhaps there is a way to use this technology safely

Janet Bradley Mar 11, 2016

I don't know...the risks are too great. Possibly only if you are in a self driving vehicle

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Jade Hewlett Mar 6, 2016

I like how this could make travelling new places a lot easier and take some of the hassle away. If you knew tips and information it could mean you can spend more time enjoying the journey rather than worrying if you're going the right way so it sounds great and very helpful.

joanna butler-savage Mar 10, 2016

i would love this for new places and also where the roads have changed recently - they are always adding new lanes and changing the way they all connect. it throws me completely and my older sat nav is not up to date with the changes

Fiona Boubert Mar 7, 2016

I would use this app as I often don't want blow by blow directions of my journey (sometimes out of date) as I go that you get with a sat nav plus this is more friendly for other methods of transport. It would be good to get a view of tricky parts of the journey and tips from fellow travellers. Sometimes a road or junction looks completely different in real life compared with google maps or a sat nav . I don't particularly want to be google earth searching on the go so this would help me make sense of things.

Live instructions would be good particularly if there were road works, traffic jams, diversions etc. It would also be good to get scenic journey suggestions. There is some crossover with this app and existing services but overall I think it has great potential for supporting travellers in a nice little bundle of features which could be added to as use of the service and reviews are analysed.

joanna butler-savage Mar 9, 2016

roundabouts are definitely my nemesis!

Fiona Boubert Mar 9, 2016

Sometimes the lanes make absolutely no sense. I have been on roundabouts where they force you to change lane halfway round unnecessarily and it causes chaos

Janet Bradley Mar 10, 2016

You should try what is known as the "magic roundabout" of Hemel Hemostead.... 6 smaller individual roundabouts on a much larger roundabout....people in offices which overlook, have been known to spend many a happy hour looking on at the chaos.

joanna butler-savage Mar 10, 2016

i went round one the wrong way in spain a couple of years ago - that could have spelled disaster

Janet Bradley Mar 10, 2016

Eek!!! Yes. When driving abroad you really need to think about roundabouts

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Fiona Boubert Mar 11, 2016

You could test this concept by using a number of methods which would also highlight the benefits of having all these features in one app. Google maps gives you different options for getting from A to B, different travel methods and time lengths e.g. faster or slower. Google maps can help you to get a better view of your route and identify some trickier parts of your journey down to street level. You could use a GPS app to get spoken instructions on a journey and add another dimension by recording videos at the tricky parts which could then be viewed next time or shared with others. You could upload those videos to YouTube. You could provide tips on your journey on a travels site such as Trip Advisor.

Janet Bradley Mar 12, 2016

I am travelling to London week after next....will be driving down...I could text in relevant "live" journey info...if way to upload a photo could do so too. I could test if highways information accurate with regards to delays or roadworks.

Janet Bradley Mar 12, 2016

I could do a journey with my SatNav....one way going fastest route...one way going shortest route....see what the difference is

Gill Chedgey Mar 12, 2016

If I were personally testing this I would start by pre planning the journey from A and B. As I would be primarily on foot or on public transport I would hope that app caters for pedestrians. If it was somewhere I hadn't been before I would want to see a visual of perhaps the route from the station to the destination whether it was considered to be 'tricky' or not. What isn't tricky for some might be tricky for others. And when actually on the journey I would be expecting the app to alert me to any potential problems based on the route I had input.

Nicky Griffiths Mar 12, 2016

I can see how this would be useful for complicated journeys but I would just like to add that yesterday I visited a town I'd never been to before. We managed to find our way from the railway station to the shops, river & castle ruins and back again - all by following our noses!!

Gill Chedgey Mar 12, 2016

Yes, people have been to known to find their way around the world without any devices save a compass maybe! If Christopher Columbus had had a smartphone he might never have discovered America! And then where would we be?! LOL
But I get the feeling that advocating device free and app free travel is not what they're looking for here. ;-)

Nicky Griffiths Mar 12, 2016

Yes, we could have done with an app or a map - there was a Civil War Trail but wouldn't have been able to follow it by trying to memorise the map we saw.

Fiona Boubert Mar 13, 2016

It would be great if it included information on accessibility and easier walking routes or services for people with disabilities.

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Fiona Boubert Mar 13, 2016

You could test this concept late this month if the app was available on journeys to and from Glasgow Queen Street where they are carrying out works involving tunnel closures.

A map has been produced to show rail passengers how they will access and exit Glasgow Queen Street low-level during the high-level tunnel closure.

The tunnel is to close for 20 weeks - from 20 March until 8 August - as part of a £60m upgrade project.

During that time a one-way traffic system will be in place on each low level platform.

Customers will be directed to queuing areas, and then guided down to the platform when their train arrives.

Passengers are being advised to arrive at Queen Street station about 10 minutes earlier than they normally would, particularly during the first week of the tunnel works.

It would be great if the app included information on disruptions like this or road works and diversions. It could provide you with real time information on the current situation including waiting times and even provide suggestions of local services you could use if faced with a delay which in effect would loop this app to App in the Gap.

Katie100 Mar 15, 2016

Hi All, again great builds here, just wanted to say thanks. And thanks for your testing ideas too. I don't get out often but I would probably use this for planning in advance / checking when I had a work meeting somewhere unfamiliar, especially if it involved, say, a train to bus changeover, or a walk from an unfamiliar station. If I was adding to it, I might try to add bits of footage of tricky bits where I'd previously gone wrong - but I don't think I'd retrace my steps just to film that - only if I was doing it again sometime.

Nicky Griffiths Mar 15, 2016

I don't normally travel very far, but if we do I rely on my husband who normally has a better sense of direction than I do, so don't really think I can add anything to this one!

Mary O'Connor Mar 15, 2016

Same here, I don't do directions! Can just about cope with printed directions from Google, but that is about it.

Fiona Boubert Mar 15, 2016

There may be times when you might instantly upload a video or image of a difficult point in a journey. Perhaps where signage is not clear in a train or bus station or signage to the actual station. It could be good if you could tag companies to flag up an issue to them immediately. Perhaps it could link to Twitter or company websites

Nicky Griffiths Mar 15, 2016

The pedestrian sign to our local railway station is hidden behind a couple of road signs, we completely missed it the first time we went there!

Katie100 Mar 16, 2016

Hm... yes - we haven't even begun to talk about street signage have we?! That is beyond our scope here I know but you make a really good point! Maybe every time the App says something is hidden it alerts the local council to come and unhide it!

Janet Bradley Mar 15, 2016

I think there are enough people who have a goPro type camera or a dash cam - those that are constantly videoing... that maybe those sort of videos could be uploaded... personally, I think to reduce insurance costs, at some point we will all have dash cams.

Fiona Boubert Mar 17, 2016

Great suggestion,many cyclists have cams now and they could provide really useful insight particularly on cycling routes and journeys that include taking their bike on a train journey.

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Neil Kennedy Mar 20, 2016

As someone who used to work for a train travel company I could see this being really useful for train travellers. I have often had to explain train changes to people and locations of train offices for assisted travel and ticket offices. It would be great if this kind of detail was on the app. Come to think of it it should be on the train company websites. I could test this app by taking videos of different train station layouts ans then showing them to friends to gain feedback on how easy or difficult it was to find certain services. It would prove the usefulness of this app.