A few years ago GPS devices to aid in navigation became available in cars through add-on devices such as Garmin put out that were rather large and clumsy by today’s standards, but seemed to be a miracle at the time. Rental cars were often people’s first introduction to GPS navigation as Hertz and other rental companies equipped selected cars with aftermarket versions.
Today most cars priced above $30K come with them built in to the car’s dashboard. Glowing screens that warn you not to use them as you drive or to do so at your own risk.
One of today’s most sought after supercars, the Nissan GTR comes with GPS to control your speed. That’s right your speed. At a recent event at CMP one owner brought his GTR to the track to run in the two day event, but prior to showing up he had to go to the dealer and have the speed limiter disabled so that he could run wide open at the track. GPS confirmed his location was truly at the track so that the speed limiter was removed. The computer on this supercar also records everything the driver does which is one reason that an attorney decided against completing his purchase.
GPS was not the first method of navigation assistance as told in this entry of Strange Maps.