Do You Remember Life Before...

...The Global Positioning System (GPS)
first implemented for the US military as NAVSTAR-GPS in 1973
made publicly available in 1983
fully implemented in 1995

GPS

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Posted by Duff at 11:25 am (PDT) on Thu April 4, 2019   
Of course, the paper maps couldn't tell you anything about road closures or current traffic conditions.  I did enjoy being the only one in the family who could fold them up properly. tongue-out
Posted by CJ at 10:46 am (PDT) on Thu April 4, 2019   
@GlenEllyn - I drove semi cross-country for several years in the early 70's and got around quite well without GPS. You are so right that with a paper map you had a better perspective between where you are and where you need to go. Also you could usually find better routes than what the GPS gives you.
Posted by GlenEllyn at 7:42 am (PDT) on Wed April 3, 2019   
Same here, CJ.  I like using my brain to decide which route to take.  Also, paper maps give a better perspective on where you are vs where you want to go.  It helps to know that X is west of Y, etc.
Posted by CJ at 4:47 pm (PST) on Fri February 22, 2019   
I still prefer the the foldable paper maps. At least my map never told me to make a left turn while in the middle of a bridge.

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