MDIS "PathMaster" GPS Control Display Unit

Description
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.
Object Name
global positioning system receiver
global positioning system control unit
date made
ca 1997
maker
Magellan Systems Corporation
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 6 in x 5 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 15.24 cm x 13.97 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
2010.0118.13
accession number
2010.0118
catalog number
2010.0118.13
subject
Time and Navigation
Measuring & Mapping
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Time and Navigation
Exhibition
Time and Navigation, National Air and Space Museum
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
from Gary Barta

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