Travelers in the USA have been concerned about overcrowding as they head out on road trips during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. To overcome this, TripAdvisor has launched a new platform to help travelers navigate overcrowding in cities around the United States.
Crowdfree.me has been developed by a range of engineers
The new platform called Crowdfree.me has been developed by engineers from Tripadvisor, Slack, Amazon Web Services, and nine other technology companies. The platform assists travellers by helping them steer clear of crowds at business and public places like parks and beaches.
Brian Hoyt, a TripAdvisor spokesperson has explained that the technology uses traffic data and cell phone location pings to construct a map that highlights how busy an area is depending on the time and day of the week. The data is updated daily and newer information is weighted higher than older data. Users will be able to select a location and view how crowded it is with the help of an overlay of a heatmap that indicates the density of crowds in public areas through a color-coded system. Hoyt has also explained that the platform does not store any personally identifiable information.