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December 30, 2019

How Tech Will Make Business Travel Sustainable

Samantha Shankman
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Business travellers are concerned about the impact that frequent travel has on the environment -- a culture shift which is paving the way for greater investments in technology that enable more sustainable, effective transportation.

As part of our weekly series looking at what business travel might be like in 2032, futurist Dré Labre of the TBD Company explores a future in which solar-powered electric cars allow business travellers to be productive in in-between moments of business travel. Labre started the conversation during his session ‘A Futuristic Vision of Business Travel’ at TRAVERSE 19. We’ve seen how advancements in technology could change how business traveller start their mornings, move through airport security, and fly in business class.

In today’s video, we look at the ideal trip between the airport and hotel. After arrival, the business traveller heads directly to his Ryde -- the driverless work pods where passengers can sit in an empty minimalistic space designed to just get work done. The Ryde runs on an solar-powered electric motor, which means the business traveller’s arrival leaves no trace of pollution or waste in the new destination.

In transit, an incoming video call -- or a ‘vidi.message’ in this version of reality -- is channelled directly to the car. The business traveller’s boss Astrid is calling to wish him good luck. She explains that she would have attended the meeting if possible, but she had reached her carbon cap that month.

Companies are already becoming more aware of tracking carbon impact data to monitor the effects that their organisations’ frequent travel has on the environment. In this case, the company has implemented a policy to stay under a set monthly carbon footprint. Good news is that TripActions has already enabled enterprises and their travellers to opt in to view and offset their carbon emission impact from travel today.

“While business travel is huge in 2032, a lot of short-haul business traffic has been replaced by more eco-friendly rail and electric driverless pods as well as virtual and augmented reality conferencing,” envisions Labre.

Not only is the future of business travel better for the environment, but it is also better for the traveller. The idea of a driverless pod that comes in different shapes and functions means that commuting is no longer a waste of time. The time between point A and point B becomes useful and productive.

While there are huge strides to take in terms of more sustainable travel, the truth is that we don’t have to wait until 2032 to feel the incredible changes already happening in business travel. A combination of the latest technology and elevated standards is creating the ultimate win-win-win, allowing suppliers, corporate travel managers, and business travellers to work together towards unprecedented efficiencies and transparency -- and that leads to another win; one for the planet.

To learn more, get in touch with TripActions for a demo today.

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