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Free Online Maps & Driving Directions

All Motorists to Recieve Free Acess to AAA's Online Mapping and Driving Directions Through New Website

World-class Travel Information Gives Members and Non-members Alternative to MapQuest and Other Travel-Planning Sites.

AAA, the nation's largest organization for motorists, announced plans to make its world-class routing and mapping technology available to all Internet users through a new Web site, leverages AAA's robust Internet TripTik® mapping and routing technology which the Wall Street Journal called its "Top Choice" for online mapping services. The new site has many of the same mapping and routing capabilities as Internet TripTik and includes valuable information from AAA's extensive database of proprietary travel information, such as Diamond Ratings for hotels and restaurants unavailable from other online mapping services.

" is designed to offer Web users quick access to a mapping and travel planning solution whether they are driving across town or planning a lengthy driving vacation this summer," said Sandra Hughes, vice president, AAA Travel.

While Internet TripTik, which is available only to AAA members, is a much more comprehensive mapping and trip-planning tool, includes many of the same features and capabilities. users can select a wide variety of locations from an easy-to-use drop-down menu or fill in address information, add a stopover such as an attraction or restaurant, zoom in or out, pan, add notes or choose to avoid/include tolls or ferries. Travelers can even compare hotels and reserve a room directly on the site.

"We believe is the link that consumers want and need to the industry's best mapping and trip planning information at a time when more people are traveling to their vacation destinations by car," said Hughes. uses state-of-the-art hardware, software and data to deliver high-quality mapping and routing results worthy of the AAA brand.

As North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides its 47 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.

AAA has a long and distinguished history in map-making from the early days of manual cartography to leading-edge Geographic Information Systems. Here are a few of the highlights from the last 100 years.

  • 1905
    AAA publishes its first map, a street map of Staten Island, NY, hand drawn in ink on linen.

  • 1911
    AAA publishes its first European map and Trail to Sunset, a booklet of strip maps detailing a AAA Pathfinder's route from New York to Jacksonville. Strip maps are combined to make what is now known as the famous AAA TripTiks®.

  • 1932
    AAA trademarks the TripTik®, detailed, routing maps customized to match the unique itineraries for each traveler.

  • 1942
    In doing its part to assist in the war effort, AAA places its mapping facilities at the disposal of the Army department.

  • 1983
    Scenic highways are identified on AAA's sheet maps for the first time. Scenic highway designations are an integral part of AAA mapping and are included on Internet TripTik® routings.

  • 1984
    AAA stores more than 13,000 full-color map images on an optical laser disc for demonstration on an in-car navigation device in the Chrysler Pavilion at the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition.

  • 1985
    The AAA North American Road Atlas is sold in retail outlets for the first time and makes the New York Times best-seller paperback list within six weeks.

  • 1990
    AAA joins the Federal Highway Administration, Avis, General Motors and the Florida Department of Transportation in the Smart Car experiment, also known as the TravTek Project. This test of a computerized in-car navigation and travel information system proved consumer acceptance of telematics technology that would make driving easier and reduce traffic congestion.

  • 2000
    AAA launches Internet TripTik® on, allowing members to get driving directions and plan trips at their convenience via the Internet.

  • 2002
    The Wall Street Journal names AAA's Internet TripTik as its "Top Choice" for online routing products.

  • 2004
    AAA launches, an online mapping and trip planning service based on Internet TripTik, and available to all consumers.

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