But the biggest changes still lie ahead as maps are becoming context aware. They will soon know my calendar and can pull up nearby restaurants, they can highlight important landmarks such as 3D icons, fetch gas prices and much more. That’s just the first kilometer on a much longer, more exciting journey that will take us into the age of autonomous driving. New map formats are emerging that are not even designed to be read by humans but by connected and autonomous vehicles.
It will be another historic milestone. While ancient maps filled unknown spaces with fantastic imagery of wild animals, monsters and all kinds of embellishments, humans of the Enlightenment were for the first time courageous enough to leave white spaces in maps, as an inducement to go out and explore.