MDIS "PathMaster" GPS Control Display Unit

In the late 1990s, Magellan released the first turn-by-turn navigation system for civilian drivers. The PathMaster hard-wired into a car, allowed users to see a map on a display screen and follow directions. The large computer received GPS data from an antenna and sent it to the display. A small card with a portable hard drive containing map data was inserted into the computer.
date made
ca 1997
Magellan Systems Corporation
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 6 in x 5 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 15.24 cm x 13.97 cm x 6.35 cm
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Credit Line
from Gary Barta
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Measuring & Mapping
Time and Navigation
Time and Navigation, National Air and Space Museum
Data Source
National Museum of American History