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07-18-11, 05:30 PM
Scott Budman, from NBCâ??s TechNow program, which runs in most California markets, just carried a story about the new Audi A7. Weâ??re starting to see more Audi A7 models on the road, and itâ??s clearly a beautiful, sleek car (http://blogs.nvidia.com/2011/06/nvidia-and-audi-drive-auto-innovation/). But, for me, itâ??s the infotainment and navigation tech inside this car that makes it unique.

Itâ??s the worldâ??s first car to integrate Google Earth into its infotainment and navigation system. NVIDIA, Audi and Google have worked together for years (http://blogs.nvidia.com/2011/06/nvidia-and-audi-drive-auto-innovation/) to bring the look and feel of Google Earth to an in-car navigation system thatâ??s capable of routing you to your destination using intuitive reference points and satellite image-based maps.

The A7 is also a connected car, which allows for live Google Earth searches, Wikipedia points of interest, real-time gas prices and allows you to turn the car into a WiFi hotspot on wheels. That last bit means passengers in the backseat can surf the web on, say, their NVIDIA-powered Android tablet. And, in case youâ??re wondering, it would be highly ill advised for the driver to surf the web while driving.

Soon, all Audi customers will have the option of configuring their vehicles with advanced technologies powered by NVIDIA processors. For now, though, youâ??ll have to grab one of Audiâ??s flagships if you want this kind of tech in your car.

Check out the video below to see all this tech in action.



Is there any technology youâ??d like to see make the jump from the desktop/laptop computing space to your car? Sound off in the comments below.



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