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"I'm a farm boy. It's very interesting; you can detect self-starting characteristics in this society and they are strongest among people who have had some kind of rural upbringing and a very impressionable stage."
- Frank Herbert

Auto-Navigation  
  Automatic car navigation, provided on a video console in the dashboard.  

This is a very early instance of the idea of having a navigation screen in the middle of your dashboard that shows your current location, and which allows you to enter the coordinates of your desired destination.

…he lighted his destination screen and turned the knob that shifted the broadcast map. Left to right, top to bottom, section to section he shifted it, until he located the portion of Carnegi Avenue he desired. He punched out its coordinates and lowered the wheel.
From The Dream Master, by Roger Zelazny.
Published by Ace Books in 1966
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Compare this idea with the Camden Speedster from Methuselah's Children, a 1941 novel by Robert Heinlein. The Speedster can drive itself, but you can't actually set a destination.

Here's a picture of my very own auto-navigation system, on my Toyota Camry hybrid:

Now, if somebody would just come out with a system that lets the car drive itself to the destination, that would be great.

Hey, what do you know, there's the Google's autonomous self-driving car.

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