The Oscar-winning actor needs to show vacationers about American historical past in his U.S. new based mostly journey app
In August 2020, the Oscar-winning actor Kevin Costner together with entrepreneur Woody Sears, launched a brand new journey app known as HearHere promoted as a “road trip story guide”.
HearHere is the right app for street journeys within the United States, it shares with vacationers brief audios of the locations they’re visiting with fascinating information and gives totally different matters. The app presently has over 9,000 audios narrated by voice actors with an excellent number of data: from Janis Joplin to America’s Founding Fathers, from music to sports activities.
According to the data revealed on TechCrunch, by February 2022, HearHear had over 100,000 customers and raised $3.2M to enhance the storytelling street journey app.
During the pandemic, the app turned extra related and fascinating for these eager to keep away from crowded locations and study extra in regards to the historical past of their present location whereas driving.
And it appears just like the street journey pattern will proceed. According to a latest survey by The Vacationer, 80% of Americans mentioned they wished to take a street journey through the summer season of 2022, and now vacationers will be capable to improve their west coast road trip expertise and study extra about landscapes whereas they hearken to Costner—HearHere’s co-founder— voice.
The app is offered within the App Store and within the continental United States, however plans to launch in Hawaii and Alaska very quickly. Free accounts embrace 5 tales and paid accounts —which prices 36$ per 12 months— get limitless content material entry. In the long run, the corporate needs to develop internationally.
Kevin Costner Explains More About The Travel App
The actor not too long ago defined extra about this venture to CNBC and mentioned that he had an emotional attachment to the thought and feels a part of its viewers: “I’m the guy that drives around America… when you see those bronze markers along the way, I want to stop. I want to read what was there.” And added: “It’s something of history, and I remember being really thrilled by that. Otherwise, you’re just watching the miles click off.”
From the start, Costner thought it was an excellent concept and located an excellent workforce to develop the venture. He has made a particular emphasis on historical past as he believes it’s necessary to study in regards to the first individuals who lived in North America: “That was the fundamental for me… who are the first people? — because there’s no here without knowing who was there before.”
Besides being entertaining with nice storytelling and good audio high quality, HearHere creators have additionally targeted on telling true tales. Costner mentioned that it may be laborious and ugly to find out about native historical past, nevertheless it’s essential to know present occasions. He mentioned: “Our story is not always a great one. There was so much violence in America. We’re watching violence play out now across the globe… to think that that didn’t occur here — it did.”
HereHear is designed to inform vacationers of tales associated to their present location. The app permits customers to customise options and the expertise will present totally different content material relying on the traveler’s pursuits. In order to have extra related data and make the most of all capabilities, customers have to create an account.
Users must allow location sharing and notifications throughout street journeys to take advantage of the app. Once a traveler listens to a narrative, the app is not going to reproduce the identical story once more—except the person clears historical past— so that every journey is usually a totally different expertise.
Travelers also can see tales’ areas on the map or in lists and discover all of the tales out there in particular areas. Users can obtain and bookmark tales in addition to see all tales by the identical narrator. The My Stories part can retailer bookmarked tales, and favourite tales and present customers the historical past of the content material listened to.
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