The Iter Avto was the world’s first SatNav

THAT SatNav not working as it should? Have a heart for the orginal version, the Iter Avto. Back in 1930, the intrepid motorist looking for guidance would have had to invest in a map, mate a parrot with a homing pigeon or buy the Iter Avto. The Iter Avto featured paper scrolls that unfurled as the car went along. Because the scrolls were attached to the car’s speedometer, they unfurled in time with the speed. With fewer roads than now, and the wonder of quill and ink, the Iter Avto would have been pretty easy to update. And it worked just fine, until you made a turn…

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Spotter: Dieselpunks


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