The Movement

Travel Oracle

by
Katie100
Katie100 | Mar 24, 2016 | in Rate These Prototypes

Rehearse the unfamiliar with user photos and videos, add to the knowledge yourself and always know where you're going, how you're going and what's happening, day or night! Double click picture to see every detail.  

edited on Mar 24, 2016 by Katie100

kate thacker Mar 25, 2016

great idea.story board very clear to follow. this would make things much simpler. often its even the smallest of things to be 'in the know of'that can make traveling easier.

Nicky Griffiths Mar 25, 2016

This is very good, the fact that you can watch a video to help with any awkward parts of the journey, also that you can notify other people of any problems.

Fiona Boubert Mar 26, 2016

I agree it would be good to be able to watch videos and I like the concept of people sharing information and helping each other. It is often other travellers who find out about issues first.

Gill Chedgey Mar 26, 2016

I've always liked the premise of this idea. People function on different levels and many people have the gift of visualisation when using maps. Alas I am not one of them! So the opportunity to have a video that allows me actual visualisation is wondeful. I use it already with Google Street View but this app is broader than just the visual. I also like the exit instruction particularly for the underground. Some of the larger stations have several exits and unless you are very familiar with your destination it can be a lottery picking the most expedient one. As far as using the app in a vehicle goes the safety concerns endure?

Fiona Boubert Mar 26, 2016

I share your pain Whizz I am hopeless at visualising maps and often read them wrong. I have to run them to the direction I am travelling in or I get really confused and even then I still get it wrong. I also have issues with train station exits and tend to pick the wrong one if I can't see a sign. I still manage to get it wrong if I look on a map first! I agree that there could be some concerns with using the app in a car. It would only really work if you had a passenger acting as navigator. Although you could review your journey using the app before you set off and maybe check it if you stopped for a break on a long drive.

Nicky Griffiths Mar 27, 2016

Yes, the problem would be the traffic jam scenario if you didn't have any passengers to use the app.

kate thacker Mar 28, 2016

yes perhaps on the journey plan it would notify the services so you could then stop and watch if need be?

Janet Bradley Mar 27, 2016

I can visualise maps very easily... don't know why, but I still like to look at street view when I am planning a journey on google maps so that I can ensure I'm in the correct lane at junctions etc... so this would mean I could do things like that on the go, and with video rather than pictures.

kate thacker Mar 28, 2016

me to I always like to be shown lol. its like doing origami with a video rather than page instructions haha.
also this could be really useful for people who either are disabled or more wary with themselves

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Jade Hewlett Mar 26, 2016

This would be very useful and make travelling a lot easier if you could see what you had to do before you need to take the route. It seems like the perfect travel companion, there for any help you need along the way!

Fiona Boubert Mar 26, 2016

It's definitely a handy travel planner and a great tool for resolving travel queries and issues.

Fiona Boubert Mar 26, 2016

The Travel Oracle would be such a useful tool when travelling. I like to know where I am going and this app will help me to visualise and figure out the bits that I would normally get a little apprehensive about. The prototype images really bring this app to life, we talked about finding taxis at railways stations and how tricky this can be. I have often gone out the wrong exit and had to backtrack due to poorly placed signage.

There is a bit of an overlap with google maps with the best routes feature but the addition of information on traffic jams and road works would be a big attraction for this app.

Another area where this could app could be particularly valuable would be if it showed lane navigation at large roundabouts with lots of exits. This can be quite tricky on unfamiliar roundabouts and you sometimes have to change lanes as you go round which can be tricky. If you knew in advance that you had to do this you would have plenty time to signal and move rather than waiting to see the road markings which rarely give you enough time when the traffic is busy.

I have said it before and I still think there is potential for Travel Oracle and App in the Gap to come together in one app as they are very complimentary to each other with both featuring delay information and alternative routes.

I was interested in the feature of gaining credits for sharing information. Would that give you savings on journeys? That would be an added bonus.

Nicky Griffiths Mar 27, 2016

Not only roundabouts, sometimes road layouts are completely different than you would expect from looking at a map.

kate thacker Mar 28, 2016

I always find this!!

kate thacker Mar 28, 2016

if these become more popular too perhaps like base stations at services could be formed. where in cafes etc there can be bigger screens where you logon to the orale for more in depth viewing,knowledge,updating.

Gill Chedgey Mar 31, 2016

I heartily concur with the amalgamation of concepts into one app where possible. Our smart devices are used for more than just travelling, (well mine are anyway !) and memory capacities are not infinite. Another thing that occurs to me with this concept, and forgive me, I'm not a motorist so I don't have experiencing of using or programming a satnav, but could the ideas embodied here be used in a satnav?

Fiona Boubert Mar 31, 2016

It has the potential to function like a satnav with extras Whizz

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KEVIN TURNER Mar 27, 2016

We are running a Sunday service today (Easter Sunday) no shops open, drivers on double time and a day in lieu and we are losing money why are we doing this

Janet Bradley Mar 27, 2016

loads of shops were open my way... plus I noted a number of people were visiting family today... including me.... I think it may depend on which route you were on as to whether the bus service was not being used to its optimum today.

KEVIN TURNER Mar 28, 2016

Yes we ran 4 services and one was a town service. NOoshops open but our Minehead service would have been very busy

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Janet Bradley Mar 27, 2016

Very useful... I think the getting a taxi late at night is a problem.. I have found myself in difficulties trying to travel late at night and a video is great to ensure you do the right thing.

Neil Kennedy Mar 29, 2016

I agree that this would support late night travel and provide reassurance.

kate thacker Mar 28, 2016

liking this idea as I keep coming back to it and looking at comments etc. love that it gives you the facts, but also you as public can add bits so the people on the ground lvingin the journey so to speak are helping others out

Katie100 Mar 28, 2016

Thanks everyone for comments! I guess that travel Oracle would have to have voice option and sort of turn itself into a sat nav for lone drivers - the lone driver would however have had the option before they set off to rehearse the route (or just junctions and road splits) so the voice would just be a reminder maybe? I like the idea of a big oracle at motorway service stations, lanes on roundabouts, and turning credits into something - perhaps harking back to a previous challenge, here's where you can choose something to make your immediate journey nicer (e.g. a nice coffee or tea, newspaper etc.) or save and build towards that non-commute holiday trip.

Fiona Boubert Mar 28, 2016

A voice option would be good Katie for lone drivers, it could talk you through the tricky bits like roundabout lanes, most sat navs don't really do this effectively and can get you confused. The credits are definitely a good incentive for users to contribute information and to build the database into a great travel resource. It would be good to have a range of options to use your credits for smaller and larger rewards. It would be good advertising for participating brands too.

Janet Bradley Mar 29, 2016

I sometimes think that we don't know the consequences of lane choices until it's too late... by that time we have had to go with the flow, and sometimes out of our way because of an incorrect lane choice.... so being able to visualise this aspect is very important, and acts a bit like a comfort blanket!

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donna anderson Mar 28, 2016

yes very good idea, the idea of visual maps instead of squggly lines that are not clear enough to see if they end up where they are supposed to be - would save me having to switch to my reading glasses too!
also i like the idea of being notified on a travel app as opposedto twitter which doesnt always load when i am on the phone and it gets straight to the point

Fiona Boubert Mar 28, 2016

Good point about visual maps being easier to see. It would also have the added bonus of being viewed with a backlight on your screen rather than trying to view a paper map in dim light.

Janet Bradley Mar 29, 2016

Twitter is an app... so a travel app may also not be able to load on your phone.

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joanna butler-savage Mar 28, 2016

I would really appreciate this somewhere like london when trying to catch connecting trains/modes of transport. i haven't a clue and have wasted a greta deal of time in the past heading in the wrong direction only to have to double back. i also remember having job interviews in cities i was unfamiliar with - this would give me confidence that i do not have to worry about arriving there calm and collected!

Fiona Boubert Mar 28, 2016

It would be great if it had navigation for tube stations. I get totally lost in them and get confused as to which direction I want to go. I feel like I am in a rat run sometimes. I totally rely on people in the know to guide me so Travel Oracle would be a big help.

Neil Kennedy Mar 29, 2016

There is quite a lot of functionality in this app so it would need to have clearly defined options so that you are only asking it to give you the information you require and not lots of additional information that would over clutter it.
I would find navigation assistance for connections in large stations such as Birmingham New Street or London Euston really helpful.

Janet Bradley Apr 1, 2016

I think that there could be an accessibility option to this app... so if you are a wheelchair user, some travel options are either not available, or only certain train stations, or buses are available to you... for example, not all London Underground stations are wheelchair accessible... so it would be good to be able to program the app for what you need..