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Cartographies of Travel and Navigation$
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James R. Akerman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226010748

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226010786.001.0001

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Maps on Wheels: The Evolution of Automobile Navigation

Maps on Wheels: The Evolution of Automobile Navigation

(p.260) 7 Maps on Wheels: The Evolution of Automobile Navigation
Cartographies of Travel and Navigation

Robert L. French

University of Chicago Press

This chapter begins with an overview of the history of mechanical devices used for road navigation. It then explores the relatively brief history of electronic navigational systems, which debuted in specific military and commercial applications ranging from jeep navigation to newspaper delivery. A future of automobile navigation is envisioned in which maps might once again play a relatively minor role as navigational tools. At the turn of the twenty-first century, this vision remains largely unrealized, in part because of the significant cost of digital navigation systems, but also perhaps because of the lingering sentimental hold exerted by paper maps.

Keywords:   mechanical devices, road navigation, electronic navigational systems, maps, navigation systems

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