Honda Links Up With Google Earth
New Honda Civics in the Japanese market will have the capability to retrieve traffic information using Google Earth. The service, called the InterNavi Floating Car System, is available to subscribers as part of the InterNavi Premium Club, a navigational service.
Using Google Earth, the service overlays current color-coded traffic information to help drivers find the best route to their destination. Routes colored blue indicate light traffic, orange indicates busy traffic, and red indicates congestion.
The service, which was made available to subscribers in late March, currently only covers 20 km around major cities like Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya.
Use of Google Earth as navigational tools may be a trend the world will continue to see in the not-too-distant future. Recently, Volkswagen teamed up with Google and nVidia to create an in-car navigation system intended for release in the US market.
There is no word yet if a similar subscription service will be made available in Honda Civics in North America, unless it’s mentioned somewhere in this Google-translated press release that reads like an actual Japanese engineer wrote it – ask any ex-pat English teacher in Japan.