Next Exit History™ uses cutting edge technology to enhance cultural tourism. It relies on GPS and smart phone technology to deliver short audio and video podcasts about historic and cultural sites accessible from Florida's interstates. Scholars at the University of West Florida developed and own the program, and their material can be accessed on the Next Exit History™ website. UCF and partners will use the platform developed at UWF to add locations in Central Florida to their existing databases.
With this program, visitors driving on Florida's interstates are alerted by their cell phones that there is something interesting coming at the next exit. A short audio or video gives a brief introduction and explanation of the town, museum, historic site, or other cultural attraction found not far off the road, providing much more information and incentive than a simple road sign. We believe that when people know a bit more about what they are passing, they will be more likely to get off at the "next exit," and take some time to learn about our area and its history.
Now available as an iPhone and iPad application and through Garmin satellite navigation systems, the technology promises real benefits to our region and its communities. It will enhance the public's understanding of Florida's history and let visitors know what we have to offer beyond theme parks and beaches. Likewise, it will further encourage cultural tourism and bolster local businesses, benefiting all the partners involved.
RICHES of Central Florida
Department of History