Driving Directons & Route Planner
At approximately 2300 years before Christ, formalized mapping took shape with the creation of crude maps carved on clay tablets. With few exceptions. mapping remained in this state until almost 2000 years later when the Greeks discovered that the world was round in approximately 350BC. Still, public use of mapping would not see its time until 1800 years later when German native Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in 1456 and Christopher Columbus brought enlightenment from his history journeys in the 16th century.
With communication mediums strengthening during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, maps became more accurate and more widely used by the public. Rather than strict military or government use, the general public now had access to maps for route planning and driving directions. However, it wasn't until the invention of Geographic Information Systems and Global Positioning Systems that Internet mapping would find its niche.
In its most recent survey, Pew Internet discovered that 87% of Internet users who need to find driving directions or travel maps do so online. Because of the convenience of Web access via laptop, mobile phone, PDA or other Internet-enabled devices, personal and business travelers flock to online mapping and route planner sites. Convenience is one reason why, but because world Cartographers (map makers) have the ability to input information and update travel maps and driving directions instantaneously, online mapping users also get immensely accurate information at the speed of light.