COMMENT: From GPS to AR HUDs, tech advances point safely to the future of in-car navigation

Augmented reality head-up displays will play a key role in taking the distraction out of in-car navigation systems, writes Dr. Jamieson Christmas

The development of navigation systems has been one of the biggest advances in in-car informatics. Mazda successfully introduced the first-ever GPS system in 1990 as an in-built option for vehicles utilising CD-ROM-based navigation data. The launch of the first portable GPS system by Garmin in 1998 was enabled by improvements in non-volatile semiconductor data storage densities paving the way for dominance over the next decade. 

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