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In 2017 the U.S. government allotted $908 million dollars to the federal GPS program in the annual budget. Most of that funding came from the Department of Defense and the rest funded by the Department of Transportation. However, the program didn’t always garner so much support. In fact, evolution of the GPS began decades earlier.
The minivan has become a symbol of modern suburban living, but where did it all begin? While Volkswagen and Chrysler both claim to be the first to market, neither the VW Minibus or Chrysler’s first three minivans were actually where it all began. The DKW Schnellaster and the Citroen H-van were the early predecessors of the minivan we know today. They came to market in 1949 and 1947 respectively. The Citroen H-van was available three full years before the earliest VW Bus. But perhaps the most underrated of them all is the very first of its kind, the Chenard & Walker CHV, which was unveiled in 1946 by the French automaker.