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KAYAK launches augmented reality bag measurement tool

  • 19 October 2018

KAYAK, one of the world’s leading travel search engines has launched its newly developed Augmented Reality (AR) Baggage Measurement Tool, which will allow travellers to breeze through check-ins. With the dimensions of carry-on luggage differing from airline to airline, KAYAK’s AR bag measurement tool helps travellers recognise whether or not their luggage will fit in the overheads bins no matter the airline and all before arriving at the airport.

Matthias Keller, Chief Scientist & Senior Vice President of Technology- APAC, KAYAK said, “A pain point in the travel experience is that moment you begin to worry if your bag will fit in the overhead bin and now we’ve got a tool that can help. There are a lot of AR applications that are fun - but this one was designed to be truly useful for travellers.”

To measure your carry-on luggage, open a flight search in the KAYAK app and click “new bag measurement tool”. You will then be prompted to scan the floor (this helps calibrate measurements) and then to move your camera around the bag to capture its size. From there, KAYAK does the math for you. The tool will alert you with the bag’s exact measurements (length, width and height), so you know whether you can bring it on a flight as a carry-on, or if it needs to be checked. The tool compares baggage fee policies for all KAYAK tracked airlines in one place. That way, you know your bag will fit no matter which airline you’re flying. The tool is currently available in the KAYAK app for all iOS devices running iOS 11.3 and up.

KAYAK’s tech team created the tool during their annual “SWAT” week - a weeklong engineering competition filled with rapid design and development. KAYAK continuously invests in innovative technologies - including AR, VR, AI and voice technology - to raise the bar on how you plan and manage travel.

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