Daily U.S. newspaper USA Today has developed a free iPhone travel application available for download from the Apple App Store.

Daily U.S. newspaper USA Today has developed a free iPhone travel application available for download from the Apple App Store.

The USA Today AutoPilot iPhone app uses USA Today’s look and feel ― it is the top-selling newspaper in the U.S. and is provided free to guests by many hotel chains ― to provide iPhone customers with  tools, utilities and features to help satisfy their travel-information and travel-booking requirements.


USA Today‘s new travel app is sponsored by Hampton Hotels. As a result, the app features a variety of customized Hampton functions, including the ability to map locations and book reservations at more than 1,700 Hampton properties throughout the U.S. and also to receive local-area restaurant and attraction information provided by Hampton Hotels.

This photograph shows Apple Inc's 3GS iPhone in its horizontal- and upright-screen configurations

This photograph shows Apple Inc's 3GS iPhone in its horizontal- and upright-screen configurations

The USA Today AutoPilot application offers the following features:

● AutoPilot: Tracks trip and flight itineraries in a simple format. Using the device’s GPS capabilities and the user’s schedule as a guide, AutoPilot offers real-time updates as the user’s location and travel needs change;

● Flight Tracker and Delays: Keeps track of the user’s departing or arriving flight via flight number, airport or route.  USA Today says the feature provides up-to-the-minute delay information for more than 16,000 airports, 1,400 airlines and 100,000 daily flights;

● Travel Directory: Provides one-click phone number or website access from a comprehensive directory of travel providers, including airlines, hotels and car rental agencies;

● Weather: Provides current weather conditions, up-to-the minute regional radar and five-day forecasts at the user’s exact location via GPS. It also shows national weather maps containing Doppler radar, temperature and precipitation forecasts; and

● More: Signature USA Today destination and travel feature content including Ten Great Places and USA Today blogs such as Today in the Sky, Hotel Check-In and more.

The USA Today AutoPilot iPhone application was designed and developed in cooperation with Mercury Intermedia of Brentwood, Tennessee. The application is available for free from Apple’s App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

For more information, go to usatoday.com/iphone/autopilot.