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Old 02-03-2006, 12:13 PM   #1
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Saw this today, apparently it appeared at the CES show
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12:05 GOOG Google: Volkswagen and Google announce they are exploring future vehicle navigation systems (382.49 -13.55) -Update-

Volkswagen of America and Google recently presented the future of vehicle navigation at the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and it's closer to virtual reality than ever before. Volkswagen, Google, and graphics chipmaker, nVidia, are working on an in- car navigation map system and display that is 3-dimensional and more real looking than anything that's available today. Driver and Passenger will be able to instinctively recognize where they are in relation to the surrounding topography, especially in urban areas that are depicted with depth and accurate size relationships between buildings and roads. Volkswagen, working through its Electronic Research Laboratory, in Palo Alto, Calif., together with Google and nVidia (NVDA), is also working on other advancements, including automatic personalized content updates for its vehicle navigation systems.
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Old 02-03-2006, 12:50 PM   #2
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Volkswagen And Google Team Up To Explore Future Vehicle Navigation Systems

Virtual Reality: Prototype with Google Earth creates realistic 3D, satellite-based map

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Ė Feb. 3, 2006: Volkswagen of America, Inc. and Google recently presented the future of vehicle navigation at the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and itís closer to virtual reality than ever before.

Volkswagen, Google, and graphics chipmaker, nVidia, are working on an in-car navigation map system and display that is 3-dimensional and more real looking than anything thatís available today.

Driver and Passenger will be able to instinctively recognize where they are in relation to the surrounding topography, especially in urban areas that are depicted with depth and accurate size relationships between buildings and roads.

Volkswagen, working through its Electronic Research Laboratory (ERL), in Palo Alto, Calif., together with Google and nVidia, is also working on other advancements, including automatic personalized content updates for its vehicle navigation systems.

Highlights of Volkswagenís prototype vehicle include a vehicle-centric touchscreen interface to Google Earth with state-of-the-art graphics, accurate 3D maps and real-time traffic updates and routing. This open system harnesses the power of the web to maintain a dynamic database of current information on restaurants, dealerships, gas stations and other points of interest that can be overlaid directly onto the userís 3D map. With the increasing accuracy of GPS, dead-reckoning and laser-radar imaging, as well as ever-improving car-to-infrastructure communication, this prototype will be available on showroom floors in the near future.

High-quality 3D and satellite-based representations of the world are becoming an exciting feature in on-line search engines and navigation. These photo-realistic, high-resolution 3D images are not only more engaging for the user, but they are also more efficient and accurate at conveying information than traditional 2D mapping representations.




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Old 02-03-2006, 01:18 PM   #3
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AH now that's NEAT!!
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Old 02-03-2006, 01:20 PM   #4
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Yo... I can see my house... literally
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Old 02-03-2006, 01:53 PM   #5
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There are about 4 new buildings missing in this picture though. All in that park by the N. Harbor Dr. building. And the park has changed a lot. I can see my office, and my house in this picture too.
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Old 02-03-2006, 02:16 PM   #6
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Well I like the regular Google mapping system, this looks quite nice. I'm sure they could figure out a way of uploading/updating the map systems decently. Their development maps I'm sure are a little out of date, but will be better by release time.
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Looks like a flight sim with place and road names.
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This open system harnesses the power of the web to maintain a dynamic database of current information on restaurants, dealerships, gas stations and other points of interest that can be overlaid directly onto the userís 3D map. With the increasing accuracy of GPS, dead-reckoning and laser-radar imaging, as well as ever-improving car-to-infrastructure communication...
kinda wonder how they plan on updating them?
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looks very promising..
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google maps in your car. w00t!
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Looks more eye-candy than actual useful driving directions.

If I wanna see a flight-sim of my drive that is one thing, but if I actually want directions, then that is another thing all together. Pics from 50-stories up don't help in figuring out when I am supposed to turn left at the stop sign or right at the light.
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