A brand new travel guide and translator coming soon
SYSTRAN and PETIT FUTE’s Ready2go! project, an innovative mobile application for tourists from all over the world, has been rewarded at the 3rd edition of Digital Innovation Challenge supervised by the General Commission for Investment (CGI), and backed by the Directorate General for Enterprise (DGE) and Bpifrance.
The Digital Innovation Challenge rewards projects based on new technologies, innovative uses, disruptive business models, etc. In this 3rd edition, 79 projects were reviewed, 34 audited and 18 rewarded. The ceremony took place on June 16th in the presence of Axelle Lemaire, French Secretary of State for the Digital Economy.
The initial goal of the Ready2Go! project is to develop an innovative mobile application for the 85 million tourists visiting France every year, the most popular tourist destination in the world. The application will then broaden its scope to other tourists, starting with French users travelling abroad.
“We are very proud that this project has been recognized for its innovation and we are looking forward to offering tourists a unique user experience.
With this application we will be able to, for example, suggest tourist attractions according to users’ habits thanks to behavioral data analysis algorithms based on machine learning.” explains Dominique Auzias, founder of PETIT FUTE.
Jean Senellart, CEO of SYSTRAN adds: “The language barrier is an important factor affecting the travel experience. It can lead to frustration, fear or insecurity for travelers. We are pleased to apply our technology towards improving a traveler’s experience abroad by offering the first mobile travel guide and translator.
Our translation tools, fully integrated into the travel guide and adapted to the field of tourism, contain a translator for menus and road signs, useful phrases for travelling with ease in numerous situations and voice translation built on customized conversational translation models.”
Ready2go! is currently under development and the free version will be available in a few months’ time:
– The free online version will be available for download in Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store;
– An offline mode available for the paid version will soon follow. It will allow users to have access to the language tools, all of the content of the Petit Futé guides as well as map data without needing an Internet connection;
– In addition to the classic features of a travel guide (finding a restaurant, practical info for tourist attractions, booking a hotel, etc.), Ready2go! will also offer linguistic tools grouped according to areas of interest, thus bringing an element of ease and additional security to travelers;
– With Ready2go!, travelers will have the tools and information needed to discover new cities and better communicate in the local language, thus enhancing their travel experience.