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How Mobile Technology Has Changed The Way We Travel Oyeniran Apata, Lagos

Posted: Mar 23, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

As the economic situation in the country bites harder, one sector of the economy that has experienced direct effect of high cost of travelling and movement within and around the country is the transportation industry.

It is now the trend in many city centres and around the country and world over as many local radio stations have dedicated some segments of their programme to traffic news to ease movement of people and goods within and outside the state.

While the performance of the economy is often cited as the primary factor in determining the health of the tourism and leisure industry, there are others forces that influence how we travel. The evolution of mobile technology provides a relevant case in point, as this is impacting on everything from how we book trips to the way in which we interact with others and how we move around the world.

In the United States of America, survey revealed that the amount of time spent online through mobile devices outstripped desktop alternatives for the second consecutive year. More specifically, mobile activity and searches now account for 51% of all online activity in the U.S, with desktop devices accounting for just 42%. This highlights how consumers are increasingly motivated to use their Smartphone or tablet when referencing products and making purchases, particularly when it comes to travel and tourism.

In Nigeria, the deployment of mobile technology basically to monitor the flow of traffic as pioneered by the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has become the trend as many other traffic control agencies in neighbouring states of Ogun, and Oyo also provide essential information to road users through reports filed by the respective traffic agencies especially during peak periods.