Volkswagen and Nvidia working on navigation system that uses 3D images

Volkswagen and Nvidia working on navigation system that uses 3D images

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9 July 2006: Volkswagen’s Electronics Research Lab is working with Nvidia, a maker of computer video cards, to bring the satellite images of Google Earth — complete with buildings, terrain and other recognizable landmarks — to the GPS navigation screens of its cars.

“What we’re doing here is to prototype an application where we show photorealistic 3D graphics in the vehicle with an online connection,” said Daniel Rosario, a senior project engineer at the lab in California.

The company is working on ways to display the facade of the destination building on the dashboard navigation screen, and to filter out all other irrelevant information. The company also expects to incorporate a Google Earth feature into its car systems that lets users trace a path on the digital map. A high-speed connection to the Internet would be required in the car to make the Google maps available.