A History of Maps

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Maps have been the primary source of directions for years, but none so much as they are today with people frequently traveling to unknown parts of the world where a map is necessary to find their way around. Traditionally, people would use paper maps to find their way around a new area or to get from one destination to another. Now, however, more people are using different methods of directions, most of them are technology based. The new types of maps include GPS units, which a large number of people now own and keep in their cars, ABmaps, which may help with real-time traffic information and weather services, and one of the newest maps are 3D maps. 3D maps allow you to rotate, tilt and zoom in and out to help make the experience of finding directions or learning your area a much easier one than before. These 3D maps make you feel as if you are actually at the site you have looked up on it because of how realistic they tend to be. There are now over 70 cities that have 3D maps available to you. City maps are another type of map that have become very popular, as well as sometimes necessary when you are in a new city. These maps, while traditional paper maps, are overviews of cities and are useful in finding destinations and directions as well as places around you that you may find necessary to visit, such as restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies, etc. However, paper maps are still useful today, such as the city maps listed above. Either way you go, whether you decide to use a GPS, find a city map in the town you are visiting, research a place from home by using the new 3D maps, or possibly just look at an ABmap to find out how bad traffic is, one thing is for sure: maps are useful to everyone and will always be a necessity.