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Google and Volkswagen Plan Navigation System

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 8 years ago | from the getting-lost-in-3d dept.

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SnprBoB86 writes "Google and Volkswagon are beginning a joint effort with nVidia to build a Google Earth in-car navigation system. The system is planned to feature a three-dimensional display so passengers can recognize where they are in relation to the surrounding topography."

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It's a shame... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14655834)

It's a shame that volkswagen develops the neat gadgets when they can't seem to get the electrical system in any of their new cars even halfway decent.

Re:It's a shame... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14655977)

It's a feature not a Bug!

Old News (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14655853)

Wow, talk about old news. This was in Googles keynote.

omg (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14655882)

OH MY GOD, Google is working with a large corporation! Could this mean Google is becoming EVIL?

Re:omg (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14655958)

They became evil the moment they were publicly traded (though they may have been evil before that too).

Nice, but... (2)

thecoolestcow (890234) | more than 8 years ago | (#14655919)

why would you need a 3D view? Not trying to be flamebait; I'm just wondering the purpose. Is this supposed to replace current GPS navigation? What are the advantages?

Re:Nice, but... (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 8 years ago | (#14656017)

You could see that the street you want is the one between the pair of tall buildings that you're about to miss, and not the one between the pair of short buildings up ahead that you thought was your intersection. If you are in city traffic you don't have much time to look at the navigation screen and anything that makes glancing at it more useful makes the whole system more useful.

Re:Nice, but... (3, Insightful)

FredThompson (183335) | more than 8 years ago | (#14656051)

A 3D view might be helpful to locate landmarks since the world isn't flat and roads aren't bright colors...

For example, visualizing where you are from a flat map is different than knowing you're 15 blocks East of the football stadium. Fiddling with the buttons and looking at a little display takes your eyes off the road. The less time you do that, the safer you are.

GPS things are nice but they're like comptuerized rally helpers. Their scale of reference doesn't cover all the human ways of visualizing space.

Oh great.... (5, Funny)

hurfy (735314) | more than 8 years ago | (#14656158)

Now you gave away next weeks story:

Google and Adobe to paint streets to match maps colors...

Also.. (1)

jfz (917930) | more than 8 years ago | (#14659788)

I would also speculate that this could be used to render overpasses, tunnels and the like. The current 2d nature of google maps is incapable of this, making travel at in metro areas confusing at times when using printed maps.

3D view? Obvious! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14658279)

Haven't you ever seen movies that take place in the future? If it [i]doesn't[/i] have a holographic 3d display that frantically zooms in and out and has a big red line with the OCR B Extended font on top of it blinking "LOCATION FOUND" it's [i]not futuristic enough[/i]!

Why do I need to see the tops of buildings? (3, Insightful)

libra-dragon (701553) | more than 8 years ago | (#14656000)

That'd be great if VW made a flying car.

Re:Look it's a bird it's a plane it's a Google VW! (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 8 years ago | (#14656041)

That'd be great if VW made a flying car.

Well, they do make one designed for biodiesel. Maybe if you ran a still, you might get your VW to fly - or at least it might feel like it's flying.

Re:Look it's a bird it's a plane it's a Google VW! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14656261)


Umm, what do you think biodiesel is?

Hint: It's vegtable oil.

Re:Look it's a bird it's a plane it's a Google VW! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14657289)

No, it's transesterificated vegtable oil.

and microsoft? champion of stability? (5, Informative)

way2trivial (601132) | more than 8 years ago | (#14656007)

partnering with FIAT!

chortle....

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=&q=microsoft +fiat [google.com]

Re:and microsoft? champion of stability? (2, Insightful)

megla (859600) | more than 8 years ago | (#14656102)

Not only that, but:
Partnering with Fiat? I wouldn't trust such a system to get me to the end of the drive. Having owned two Fiats before (no I don't know why I got the second one either), I can safely say the only thing likely to be less reliable than the Microsoft kit will be the actual electronics in the car.
Seriously, I think they make them out of silly string or something. The last one I owned cost me more in repairs than it did to buy (about $1300 of repairs).

Re:and microsoft? champion of stability? (2, Informative)

sootman (158191) | more than 8 years ago | (#14656473)

Holy crap! Not only are you not kidding, but they're calling the new system...

wait for it...

Blue&Me!

http://www.technewsworld.com/story/48683.html [technewsworld.com]

Re:and microsoft? champion of stability? (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | more than 8 years ago | (#14659991)

If Microsoft thinks Linux folks are hard on them; Microsoft will be in for a shock when dealing with auto enthusiasts. Auto Enthusiasts will not be so forgiving as Linux people.

"The Bullshit Ends, When the Green Light's On" - Auto Racing Slogan

Re:and microsoft? champion of stability? (1)

gfim (452121) | more than 8 years ago | (#14764268)

Commas, capital letters, and apostrophes in the wrong places are fucking annoying - Grammar Nazi's slogan

Too bad it shows my son's school (4, Insightful)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 8 years ago | (#14656025)

two miles to the west of where it really is, where the cement mixing plant is located.

I can see it now, people driving their car, holding their cell phone in the left hand up to their ear, taking a movie of the drive while talking, while the right hand navigates the Google Earth zoom on the GPS-sync out of date Google Earth pics and ... SCREECH BANG CRASH ... time to get another user.

I'm not really joking - I saw someone driving a Ford truck on the two-lane (one each way) arterial near my house in Fremont on Saturday, and he took both hands off the wheel while accelerating into a blind five-way intersection, elbows nowhere near the wheel, trusting that even though he has to curve to the right, noone will do something unexpected as he tailgated the car in front.

Time for a new Darwin Awards category:

Driving under the influence of electronic gadgets.

Re:Too bad it shows my son's school (1)

That's Unpossible! (722232) | more than 8 years ago | (#14656181)

No to worry. If my trusty new Pioneer AVIC-D1 is any indication, you basically have to sign away the rights to your first born child EVERY TIME YOU START YOUR CAR in order to use the navigation features for a drive. And what if you're driving somewhere and want to map in a pitstop to another location. You have to stop, pull over, put the PARKING BRAKE on, and then you are permitted to use the device. Who cares that you have someone else riding with you that could program the device while you safely drive.

Thank you [lawyers + morons] for making it a total pain in the ass to safely use devices like this.

not new (4, Insightful)

Edmund Blackadder (559735) | more than 8 years ago | (#14656145)

Infiniti navigation systems already feature 3-d displays.

But it would be nice if you had a nav system connected to the internet so that it gets updated data. Also Google's local search would be great if put into car's navigation system, but once again it must be connected to the internet.

The problem with navigation systems is that they come on a CD (or DVD) and do not get any updates. And while streets do not change that often, businesses change all the time so a navigation system is usually worthless when trying to locate a business.

Google! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14667338)

Infiniti navigation systems already feature 3-d displays.

You're missing the point. They don't come with *Google* displays. Google google google. Google google google, google!

AHA! (5, Funny)

nemik (909434) | more than 8 years ago | (#14656205)

So that's why the BMW.de site got shut down!

Great. Topographic feature cues... (3, Funny)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | more than 8 years ago | (#14656278)

...and here I am in flat old Kansas....

Re:Great. Topographic feature cues... (1)

Deltaspectre (796409) | more than 8 years ago | (#14656527)

Don't worry, out here you can always go up to a parking garage and get that topo view :)

can it navigate to BMW HQ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14656315)

Re:can it navigate to BMW HQ? (1)

TheSkepticalOptimist (898384) | more than 8 years ago | (#14656646)

You don't find it odd that on the same day Google announces a partnership with VW, they blacklist BMW? Hmm, perhaps BMW didn't give Google as much money as VW, or BMW didn't want to do business with Google.

As Long As.... (2, Funny)

tealover (187148) | more than 8 years ago | (#14657339)

You don't need to drive near Tienamen Square, you should be ok.

This is navigation for women (1)

Palal (836081) | more than 8 years ago | (#14657389)

As mentioned in this post [slashdot.org] women navigate by landmarks, while men prefer to read maps. So, this, in turn, is navigation for women. However, women stereotypically are more afraid of gadgets. I guess the salespeople in the showroom have their work cut out for them. What I would like to see is a centralized system doing trip planning and distributing traffic flows evenly to spread out congestion.

Re:This is navigation for women (1)

Russ Nelson (33911) | more than 8 years ago | (#14663492)

Ahhhh, just like DiNozzo said on NCIS: the VW is a chick car.
-russ

What's next? Fuel injectors for Mexicans? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14666563)

As mentioned in this post women navigate by landmarks, while men prefer to read maps.

Oh dear, I do think we've been stereotyped. I'm a straight man, and I navigate by landmarks. If you've been on road trips with any number of people, you'll know that differences between individuals trump differences between the sexes.

I know everybody likes to quote statistics and pretend that everything in the universe is ruled by logic, but most things just ain't that simple. Sorry. Everybody who thought you could judge a man's penis length by the color of his skin, sorry, that doesn't work, either.

So, this, in turn, is navigation for women.

10 years ago, people would have said the window crank was "navigation for women". I wonder what dumb stereotypes we're going to have 10 years from now.

And I thought... (1)

amirl (813941) | more than 8 years ago | (#14658110)

They were going to do that with BMW

Google at SCALE 4x (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14658336)

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great (1)

wwmedia (950346) | more than 8 years ago | (#14658441)

is any one else bugged by our BIG BROTHER GOOGLE?

i mean they read my emails, know what i search for, what i buy, store my chats, know my bank account (due to monthly adsense money transfers)

now they want to know where i drive!

i can see it now on my personalised google homepage theres going to be a box for "previous drives" with a list of where i driven (similar to current previous searches)

or even better, adverts poping up on the navigator telling me that i would love a burger from the macdonalds 50meters ahead

great just great

Re:great (1)

simong (32944) | more than 8 years ago | (#14659076)

It all only does that because you let them. Other mail services and search engines are available. And my GPS unit of choice [gizmondo.com] already tells me about the next TravelLodge or petrol station and is going to be more dynamic in future. Unless I get bored with it and sell it to someone who's lost or something.

Sounds great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14658455)

As long as it doesn't run any Microsoft software.

Next garage (1)

MiliusXP (861816) | more than 8 years ago | (#14659631)

It will help you to find quicker the nearest VW garage when your need it. It's so hard to find a VW specialist when you need it.
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