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Tech talk: Travel just got easier

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The world’s leading flight search engine Kiwi.com is enhancing its mobile application by introducing a trip-planning section. Apart from selling tickets, Kiwi.com will be helping its customers organize their holidays. The data, provided by Sygic Travel, contains tourist maps of the world, 20 million sights and travel places, two million hotels and 70,000 tours and activities. The travel content is displayed in the app upon purchasing tickets.

“Airlines and other travel companies are looking for ways to increase user engagement and want to offer their customers more than just a onetime ticket purchase,” Sygic Travel marketing director Barbora Nevosádová said. “They want people to go back for more information and services.

“That’s why Kiwi.com decided to focus on this aspect. The partnership with Sygic Travel makes sense in this way. The data we provide to Kiwi.com is kept up to date by our content team, and its reliability has been proven by millions of travelers already. For popular places, the database contains photos, detailed descriptions, information about opening hours, admission prices and contacts.”

Kiwi.com, based in the Czech Republic, has grown rapidly in recent years. It has become one of the biggest and most popular flight search engines and tickets resellers in the world, with a daily turnover of more than €2.5 million.

Sygic Travel has been helping people plan trip itineraries since 2011. It started providing its data and planning tools to other travel businesses in July. Companies can now use their White Label and Sygic Travel SDK (a complex package for implementation) for various purposes, for example, to create their own tour guides or to list popular places for any area in the world and display them on a map. There are numerous ways of utilizing the SDK both in Web pages and mobile apps.

Intel and WAYMO collaboration

Intel has announced the deepening of its technological cooperation with WAYMO, a company that develops autonomous-driving technology that belongs to Google’s parent company. According to Intel Corp. CEO Brian Krzanich, the new WAYMO Autonomous Vehicle will be equipped with Intel’s most powerful processors to assist in data processing and advanced communications components.

In WAYMO’s new vehicle, Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans, Xeon processors will be installed for computing tasks, Intel Arria FPGA chips will be used for image analytics and XMM Gigabit Ethernet and modems for connectivity and communication solutions.

“One of the big promises of artificial intelligence (AI) is our driverless future,” Krzanich wrote in his blog. “Nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes worldwide every year – an average 3,287 deaths a day. Nearly 90 percent of those collisions are caused by human error. Self-driving technology can help prevent these errors by giving autonomous vehicles the capacity to learn from the collective experience of millions of cars – avoiding the mistakes of others and creating a safer driving environment.

“Given the pace at which autonomous driving is coming to life, I fully expect my children’s children will never have to drive a car. That’s an astounding thought: Something almost 90 percent of Americans do every day will end within a generation. With so much life-saving potential, it’s a rapid transformation that Intel is excited to be at the forefront of along with other industry leaders like Waymo.”

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Translated by Hannah Hochner.

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