19.02.2019

Planning a trip to Iceland – Digital assistant for camper travel

Last Edit: June 8th, 2020

Driver Guide (now Easy Guide) is a new product developed by Origo (in conjunction with CampEasy,) a large software company here in Iceland. We have wanted to offer a better solution for our customers for a while, and we think the Driver Guide is the answer. Driver Guide is at its core a software solution aimed at assisting anyone wanting to travel around Iceland. It‘s implemented in two ways; a tablet in the camper and an itinerary creation tool. Let‘s take a look.

Map of roadtrip in Iceland

The Tablet

CampEasy has offered the tablet for free in the camper for a while now, with great success. The immediate attractions are the tools for safety. The tablet comes with direct access to weather monitoring and road conditions. We recommend everyone start the day with a quick check on the weather and what the roads are like in the area. The tablet functions as a tracking device, allowing us to pinpoint your location to assist and for you to know your location in case of an emergency. While you drive, it will alert you if there are hazardous weather conditions, eruptions, floods, and other issues in the area through the ICE SAR network / Safe Travel network. The tablet also offers a good Wifi connection for up to five electronic devices at a time. There is also a chat feature that connects you directly to CampEasy for easy communications, instruction articles on how to operate everything in the van, a news feed for local news, and more.

The Main Attraction

But those are only the clever little extras that you can access in the tablet, now for the main part. The tablet comes loaded with fully functional turn-by-turn navigation, with a trip builder feature built-in. With the help of the Icelandic Road Guide (map makers), we’ve added practically every location there is to see in Iceland, all the waterfalls, ravines, hot springs, natural hot baths, beaches, gas stations, information centers, and so on. What makes this special in a way, is that there are multiple locations you won’t find with a Google search. There are abandoned farms and weird sites and areas in the database that are interesting. If you want to plan your trip, you can do so on the tablet, adding locations for each day and then navigating there using the tablet. You can also pick from a list of custom made itineraries made by us here at CampEasy and our friends that thrive in the world of travel. Now Available Online! Browsing these itineraries is also a great way to get ideas and add to your route. Also, say you don’t want to make a full trip plan, the tablet suggests interesting nearby locations as you are driving around.

It’s Free

It‘s free and comes with every camper. It sits comfortably in the resting place we‘ve made for it in the window. You get all the features for free, except the wifi, which comes with a 700 ISK fee for each day of usage. It covers multiple devices at once, so for many, it‘s well worth the investment. That is especially true if you have a laptop, tablet, wifi enabled camera, or any other device without a sim card. Turning on your mobile hotspot each time can be a bother.

In the next few months (Available Now)

We want even more out of the concept, though. So we’ve started work with Origo (our software partner) to adapt the trip planner to a browser interface. Whether it’s on your Mac, Pc, or tablet, you can sit at home and look up any locations that come to mind, add it to your itinerary and it will be waiting for you in the tablet when you arrive. Also, we want you to be able to include any activities you want to try out. So you book your Natural Hot Bath ticket in the tablet, your Ice Climbing, and Ferry ticket! To top it off, once you’ve finished your trip, we’ll provide you with a map of Iceland, outlining your trip and where you have stopped. We’ll be rolling out the first edition of these additions in the next 3-4 months on our website, so stay tuned for that.

We are delighted with the tablet the way it is, and our customers’ reaction to this addition in our campers has been great. It makes it easier to find winter camping locations, points of interest, contact with CampEasy, and monitoring weather, especially with the live warning feed from Ice Sar, and so much more. Yet another reason to choose CampEasy for your road trip in Iceland.

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