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7 de Enero 2006

Google Earth for Cars

Google announced during the CES Keynote last night that they have begun working with at least one car manufacturer (Volkswagen) to explore putting Google Earth/Local as an embedded application for car navigation. gpsreview.net has written some interesting thoughts about this announcement saying Google has all the makings of a good car navigation system now, except you would need $26,000 in equipment to store the entire Google Database in a car, since broadband connections to cars are not available yet. He was just speculating on what it would take to put the whole thing in the car of course.

Actually, you wouldn't need the entire database since cars rarely travel the entire surface of the Earth. In fact, existing car navigation systems usually get by with just a couple dozen Megabytes for maps and points of interest (POI - things like restaurants, addresses, hotels, etc.). You would need more space to store satellite/aerial photography though. I suspect a 200Gbyte hard drive could store all the data needed for Google Earth for an area covering several states in the US.

The other thing to consider is that with a WIFI connection in the car, the car could do literal "war driving" and pick up data as it moves from location to location from the Google database. A better solution would be legitimate WIFI connections placed in locations entering and leaving cities or states. Rest area WIFI maybe?

By the way, there are people already using Google Earth in cars today. You can read about people hooking up their GPSes to Google Earth if you go to the Dynamic Data Layers forum at the GEC and search for "+GPS +Navigation". And, someday a streamlined Google Earth for embedded car systems may be quite practical.

Enviado por FrankTaylor at 7 de Enero 2006 a las 11:40 AM

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    The post wasn't meant to be a "here is how you can put Google Earth into your car for $26,000" set of instructions. Around where I am cellphone coverage doesn't exist in most places let along wifi so storing data locally would still be necessary for many people. :(

    Certainly GPS manufacturers can store an entire continent worth of navigational data on an SD card, which is why I suggested a stripped down version of Google Earth could be a good solution.

    A stripped down version of Google Earth in either their own hardware, tablet, laptop, pda, etc is plausible, and it could be very interesting...

    Tim - GPSreview.net

    Enviado por: Tim at 7 de Enero 2006 a las 12:18 PM

    Rest area Wi-Fi indeed. 2006 should be the time that GE'rs and open source and community advocates come out of the closet. Most US states and a number of cites and towns are immersed in a 1980-ish nonsensical venture called 511. Aside from being a cash cow to the phone companies who are still waiting for the internet to die, 511 is nothing but an antiquated voice interface to yesterday's text-based data.

    Most states could provide WiFi at rest stops and other key locations for a fraction of what they are wasting on the 'dead before arrival' 511 debacle. (not to mention if it's astate like Colorado with a total of 6 rest areas in the entire state... maybe we should be advocating for reat areas rather than Wi-Fi rest ares).

    And for the $26,000 per car believers out there, learn how Google Earth works. You can download data for your local area over a slow dial up and you can't drive fast enough to out run Google. You only need the detail data for a very small radius surrounding you vehicle, even less if you are one of the majority of drivers who is interested in driving on roads.

    Best regards

    Enviado por: Dave Starr at 7 de Enero 2006 a las 04:48 PM

    Dave, As I mentioned in my comment above I wasn't suggesting people go spend $26,000 in hardware to do this. I do understand how GE works and have used it in the manner similar to what you are describing. GPS for vehicle navigation is just one of the small ways I use my GPS. I also use it for flying, geocaching, hiking, etc. So while I do tend to only drive my car on roads, my GPS needs and GE desires don't only exist on the road.

    Enviado por: Tim at 9 de Enero 2006 a las 10:30 AM

    I like to give you the link to my experiments with gps, flash and GE (and a lot more..)
    the link to kmz is: www.skyabove.nl/gps-to-GE.kmz

    greetings, henk

    Enviado por: henk pa0zhb at 11 de Enero 2006 a las 04:28 PM

    Same here. Free Google Earth navigator solution available at http://briefnotion.250free.com/. allows GPSR data to be sent to Google Earth while traveling. Hope VW doesnt do anything crazy, like offer me a job.

    Enviado por: Ronald at 3 de Julio 2006 a las 02:02 PM

    Google Earth for Cars - i think its necessary element in car!
    Its very good option for driver!
    Google Earth will interface with the existing navigation service, adding high-resolution satellite images of cities to current traffic information downloaded via the car's wireless internet connection. As you may recall, Volkswagen also recently showed off its own Google Earth-enhanced navigation service, although it looks like Honda may actually beat them to the market. No word if/when it'll make it to North America market though.

    Enviado por: Limousine at 18 de Mayo 2007 a las 09:29 AM

    This is a great idea, where can I sign up?

    I use google earth, on a regular basis and would love to hook it up to my car.

    Enviado por: Limo Hire at 30 de Mayo 2007 a las 09:16 PM

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