Google is making quite a splash in the industry in the last
year and it doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon. According to Reuters,
Google and Volkswagen are jointly developing a 3D navigation system for future
VW vehicles. The new system will be based on Google Earth and will offer
drivers a 3D view of the surrounding roads. Unfortunately, the system doesn't
offer real-time tracking of surrounding traffic.
The system, which was on demo at CES this year, is having its hardware developed
by VW and NVIDIA. There is no detail on what kind of hardware NVIDIA is using
for the system but it will offer true 3D acceleration.
Two years ago, Google purchased a company named Keyhole, which had developed
the original 3D satellite imagery engine that Google Earth is based on.
Unfortunately, once Google made the service available to the public, government
bodies all over the world raised concerns on the system, citing that Google
Earth posed a risk to national security. Vocal groups in the US were also concerned that the level of detail offered by Google Earth would allow terrorists to plan attack routes better than ever. Previous to this, Microsoft's highly acclaimed Flight Simulator series were also called out for posing a similar risk.