This Bot Lets You Track Flights Using Facebook Messenger

This Bot Lets You Track Flights Using Facebook Messenger

Ever needed to check what time your flight is supposed to leave, or what gate it boards from? You can do a simple Google search and get a useful card of information, which works for most flights. Google will show you the flight details like the cities it’s stopping in, along with the departure and arrival times. Pretty handy, but if you want to know where the plane is right now because you have to pick someone up from the airport, then you’re going to have to do the math yourself.

There’s a new Messenger bot that can help you get the exact level of information you’re looking for though. Instalocate, a Bengaluru based startup is trying to resolve one of the problems that most of us face after the booking of a trip is complete – the flight experience.

While there is a lot of chatter around the area of conversational commerce, one of the problems that often comes up is that these solutions just add more steps to the process where simpler existing apps and websites can already do the trick. Instalocate’s creators recognised this and wanted to keep things as simple as possible – keep the focus on just basic queries like the status of a flight, where it has reached, or when it’s landing.

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This Bot Lets You Track Flights Using Facebook Messenger Gopal Sathe , 22 July 2016
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This Bot Lets You Track Flights Using Facebook Messenger
HIGHLIGHTS
Instalocate is a Messenger bot to track flights
You can also use it to check-in or book a cab from the airport
The next step on the plan is to offer railways information
Ever needed to check what time your flight is supposed to leave, or what gate it boards from? You can do a simple Google search and get a useful card of information, which works for most flights. Google will show you the flight details like the cities it’s stopping in, along with the departure and arrival times. Pretty handy, but if you want to know where the plane is right now because you have to pick someone up from the airport, then you’re going to have to do the math yourself.

There’s a new Messenger bot that can help you get the exact level of information you’re looking for though. Instalocate, a Bengaluru based startup is trying to resolve one of the problems that most of us face after the booking of a trip is complete – the flight experience.

While there is a lot of chatter around the area of conversational commerce, one of the problems that often comes up is that these solutions just add more steps to the process where simpler existing apps and websites can already do the trick. Instalocate’s creators recognised this and wanted to keep things as simple as possible – keep the focus on just basic queries like the status of a flight, where it has reached, or when it’s landing.

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(Also see: Five Facebook Messenger Bots You Absolutely Need to Try)

This lines up with some other really interesting bots we’ve tried out recently – there are bots that handle everything from one that helps you calculate your taxes (in the US), to one that lets you ‘Shazam’ a song and play it in Spotify, or listen to and share a snippet of the song using Messenger itself. These bots aren’t trying to hold involved conversations with you; they look at doing one simple thing, and doing it well.

That’s the difference between chatting with Instalocate and using search. Google told you the departure time, the scheduled landing time, and shows you a graphic that gives you a rough idea of how much of the trip has been completed. Instalocate on the other hand shows you a map view where you can see the position of the plane, an overview of the airport, and some additional options – for example, airport directions (which opens in Google Maps) and Book a cab (which will open up Uber in cities where it’s applicable) so that you can take the next step beyond just looking up timings.

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