When you look at today’s technology is easy to forget how far we’ve come in such a small amount of time. Take the simple road navigation system. It wasn’t that long ago we were using Sat-Navs as a separate device that we later then incorporated into the car’s dash audio system and now through Google and Apple Maps via our mobile devices. It seems like a long journey since the paper maps and directories we used to keep in the glove box or under the seat to try to work out where to go.

Now a BBC video from 1971 has resurfaced where the presenter is showing us a new “In-Car Navigation” system and as he shows us how it works, it really does make you think how good we have it now, considering this device used a cassette tape and a specialised computer chip.

Watch it to see what all the fuss is about:

The fans on Retrocars.drive are having a field day!


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No wonder the people in the comments are amazed.

One user even wrote “When Elon Musk takes his satellites offline, this is what we are going to have to revert to.” while another took a more serious approach “Miss a turn and see what happens”.

Remember to keep this in mind next time you get cranky at your device for sending you down the wrong street or not giving you a direction with enough time to action it.

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