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Gamite 02-04-2006 07:55 AM

Prototype VW Navi system


NEW YORK (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG's American unit on Friday said it is working on a prototype vehicle which features Google Inc.'s satellite mapping software to give drivers a bird's eye view of the road ahead.

The two companies are working with the graphics chipmaker Nvidia Corp. to build an in-car navigation map system and a three-dimensional display so passengers can recognize where they are in relation to the surrounding topography.

Volkswagen of America Inc., working through its Electronics Research Laboratory in Palo Alto, California, in Silicon Valley, is working on other advancements, including automatic personalized information updates for the navigation systems.

The car manufacturer showed off the prototype car at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.

A spokesman for the automaker said there were no definite plans to use the technology inside cars. But the collaboration between the automaker and Google shows the progress the Web search leader is making expanding beyond the computer realm.

Google introduced Google Earth last June as a free satellite imagery-based mapping product based on technology from Keyhole, a company Google bought in October 2004.

Google Earth has attracted controversy since then from governments ranging from South Korea to India for offering a potential national security risk as it enables anyone to zoom in on aerial images of landmarks such as airports.

A~G 02-04-2006 03:22 PM

Nice... now lets see a 3d model of T.O :)

propr'one 02-04-2006 05:43 PM

yeah, i'd run an emulated version of that on my PC

niko_gt 02-04-2006 06:21 PM

meh thats nothing, if you wanted to you could run google earth , with a gps positioning device, (thats provided you have wifi everywhere u drive.. which i dont think is available yeT).

sirex 02-04-2006 06:55 PM

i suggest learning how to read a road map... Very useful tool.. electronics are great but some times they malfunction... a map,you can pull out anytime, anywhere.

propr'one 02-04-2006 07:06 PM

sirex is hated by both people and technology alike. i think bill gates invented the BSOD just for him

A~G 02-04-2006 07:45 PM


Originally Posted by proprone
sirex is hated by both people and technology alike. i think bill gates invented the BSOD just for him

:D :D :D

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