One of the most significant changes in the technological revolution is the way we navigate. Discovering how to get to where we’re going became a whole lot easier when GPS devices came on the market. These personal navigation tools became possible when former US President Bill Clinton ordered military satellite signals to be made available to the general public for navigation as of May 2000.
Before long, GPS devices became available to consumers. At first a luxury item, they quickly gained popularity as their prices dropped. Soon nearly everyone was being told where to go by a voice on their dashboard.
But as smartphones evolved, sales of GPS devices suffered. When smartphones became less expensive than GPS’s, people switched to using apps, giving them navigation capabilities with additional functionality.
People also rely on their computers, consulting with Google Maps, MapQuest, Yahoo Maps and other websites to help them get from Point A to Point B. With options such as satellite view, street view and real-time traffic, these sites offer a wealth of information that paper maps can’t match.
Road maps, once a staple in glove compartments everywhere, are no longer as common. Will the next generation be able to use a road map? Will they recognize what a folded road map is?
Do you still use traditional road maps? Do you rely on your phone, computer, and/or GPS instead? Which of these navigation tools have you used in the past year? (You can vote for more than one.)
When I was recently on a cruise ship, I got a sneak peek at the bridge (like the cockpit of an airplane). The navigational devices the crew had available were mind-boggling. But in addition to high tech navigation, the crew also had a paper map and a sextant. I was somehow comforted at the site of traditional navigation tools on the bridge.
When was the last time you consulted a paper map? Do you rely solely on tech for navigation? Have you given up using a GPS for a smartphone app? Do you keep maps handy in the car even though you use tech? Let us know in the Comments section below!