The History of Car GPS Navigation

It’s tough to believe, but in-car GPS navigation has already been around for more than a decade. Yet were it not for politics-and Einstein’s theory of relativity-we wouldn’t even have it in the first place.

Twenty years ago, a road trip meant a bunch of fold-out maps stuffed into your glove box or your car door panel pockets. Pulling over, unfolding one like a giant newspaper, and then figuring out where you were and how it corresponded to what you were seeing through the windshield was the norm.

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  • Ray Windsor

    I make one comment and one observation… I remember installing ETAK navigation systems in 1982 with a cassette based map and magnets on the wheels of the car. The system was called "augmented dead reconing". Not GPS but rather interesting… I observed that the article did not mention aftermarket availability of GPS navigation but sure talked a lot about OE navigation. From a near term future point of view the historical omission seems ominous for specialty retailers.

    Ray Windsor
    German Maestro