Jones Live Map

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  • Owner: Seal Cove Auto Museum
  • Manufacturer: Jones (New York)
  • Additional info: Navigating was a challenge in the early days of motoring. Road signs were rare and often incorrect, road maps non-existent early on. A high-tech alternative appeared in 1909: a real-time, on-board directional guide called the Jones Live Map. This was a small turntable device with a cable attached to a car’s odometer. Drivers could purchase paper discs with the route to their destination. At the beginning of a drive, the driver would place the disc for his journey in the Live Map’s turntable, with journey’s starting point lined up with an arrow indicator on the glass cover. As the car began rolling, the turning odometer cable caused the map to rotate, with the arrow pointing to the driver’s changing position in the journey as he drove.