I have been slow to converting from maps to a navigation system. I have always liked maps and been able to read the most-detailed, even before the Army taught me how.
But, if one has ever attempted to drive through Paris using a paper map, one will easily understand the benefit of a nice lady telling you when and which direction to turn. Paris traffic, like that of all southern European cities is relentless and unforgiving of doubt, timidity, or confusion. Northern European cities show signs of irritation, but can be forgiving of out-of-town license plates.
Despite the benefits of having a nice lady tell me where to go, I still consult a map before leaving. I do not trust anyone else, when I am responsible for reaching a destination. Although I recalled the lesson from flight training, which told us to “always trust the instruments”, I will suspect a pre-recorded message. Enough mishaps make headlines about some driver ending up in some unlikely and unwanted location after blindly and foolishly fooling instructions. That could not happen to me
Anyone that likes maps might find this article interesting....
I like maps. I like to know where I am and where I am going. I have been known to ask for directions, but can usually make it on my own...because I have a map.
I resisted for years acquiring a GPS in my car, despite family belittling, until it came as standard equipment in the latest model. I still consult and carry maps (best are Michelin), but have found traffic information useful. I make a habit of leaving the Autobahn to avoid traffic jams (Stau), not wishing to join the lemmings in the ensuing conversion of the highway into a giant parking lot. The GPS usually provides an early warning.
An article in The New Atlantic points out the loss humans must endure from too much technology and the death of adventurous forays into the unknown or uncharted.
I'm fairly certain that few care, because most people prefer ease to imagination and comfort to adventure.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.