As early as 1992, touch screen navigation systems were available in vehicles. Hard to believe, eh? In fact, Oldsmobile, that super forward thinking brand, was the first one to retrofit 100 vehicles with the technology called TravTek. The unit had a trunk mounted piece that looked like a chopped off elephant tusk and only was able to select pre-loaded addresses.
Reroute. Instead of that familiar voice coming from the system and “rerouting” when you took a wrong turn, there was simply a help button that called AAA for you. Also, you didn’t dare and drive outside the 1200 square mile radius and hope to find your way!
Telling it like it is - This history lesson brought to you by the touch screen at the hotel gym that still to this day can’t figure out how to work when you need it most.