Reindeer get their own navigation application in Lapland

In the northernmost region of Scandinavia, Lapland, large herds of reindeer move around the wilderness freely. They are looking for food, adjusting to seasons, or simply escaping mosquitoes during the summer months. The number of reindeer is strictly controlled to ensure the animals don’t strain too much the sensitive Arctic environment. Every reindeer belongs to a herder, and that’s where modern technology can help.
Reindeer on a snowy fell. Photo by Tristan Ferne. Read the story “Reindeer get their own navigation application in Lapland”

GPS navigators that can route motorhomes and campervans via roads that suit large vehicles

Many travelers who drive a motorhome or a large campervan in an unfamiliar territory may encounter roads that are too narrow, have low bridges, or are simply too bumpy and twisty for a large, relatively heavy vehicle. Following instructions of an ordinary GPS navigator may lead the driver to a place where it is difficult to continue and difficult to turn back. Fortunately, a few specialized navigators for trucks are available that can help.

Motorhome on a narrow road in Corsica. Photo by Paul-in-London. Read the story “GPS navigators that can route motorhomes and campervans via roads that suit large vehicles”

Here is a small device that provides travelers easy internet access in 100 countries at an affordable cost

Every traveler, who every now and then crosses country borders, has a high-priority task to do after arriving in a new country: organizing access to the internet. Here is a guide with instructions to using pre-paid SIM cards overseas. Fortunately, new and easier solutions have been developed, like the Nommi, a personal Wi-Fi/4G router that provides mobile internet access in more than 100 countries at an affordable cost.
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Google promises automatic language translation that works in a wireless headset

No matter how many languages a traveler masters, there are plenty of moments during journeys in different parts of the world when a local language skill is desperately needed. Translation applications on a phone can help if both the traveler and the local have enough patience. The closer to natural interaction the translation tool is, the better the communication will be. Google promises that its new headphones – Pixel Buds – will translate your speech to a local language and local speech to your language on the fly.

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A self-driving shuttle bus has started transporting passengers in Germany

Everyone who has been on a road trip in Germany has experienced autobahns where the only speed limit is the driver’s belief in his or her driving skills. In a Bavarian small town of Bad Birnach, however, the new shuttle bus has a speed limit of 15 kmh / 9 mph. The reason is that the small bus is fully autonomous, driven by a computer.

EasyMile EZ10 electric self-driving shuttle bus Read the story “A self-driving shuttle bus has started transporting passengers in Germany”

Speech-enable your road trip navigation, news and music with the Garmin Speak

Even if your car or campervan doesn’t have a shining new entertainment system with a myriad of external connectors, you can add voice control to your car. Most importantly, you can easily add speech-enabled navigation (you don’t need a dedicated GPS device), access to news, and music. The small gadget that does all this is the Garmin Speak.

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Is this Blade Runner –style hovering bike the future of moving around in a city?

Here is an electric vehicle that looks like it was borrowed from the movie Blade Runner: a motorbike that hovers above ground and moves rapidly vertically, laterally and forward. The police force of Dubai has already subscribed to the vehicle because it allows them quickly to reach any place in the city.

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Everyone who travels must rely on offline tools for their computing setup

Everyone who travels – tourists, professionals, digital nomads, remote workers – rely on their computing devices to be in touch with the home base or to get their work done. One key thing people take for granted at home – Internet access – is not always available on the road. Once a traveler realizes what it really means to be disconnected for a few critical hours or perhaps for days, it becomes obvious that the whole computer setup must be prepared for travel. The setup relies on offline tools.

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