NEW YORK - Volkswagen AG of Germanyís American unit Friday said it is working on a prototype vehicle which features Google Inc.ís satellite mapping software to give drivers a birdís eye view of the road ahead.

The two companies are working with the graphics chipmaker Nvidia Corp. to build an in-car navigation map system and a three-dimensional display so passengers can recognize where they are in relation to the surrounding topography.

Volkswagen of America Inc., working through its Electronics Research Laboratory in Palo Alto, California, in Silicon Valley, is working on other advancements, including automatic personalized information updates for the navigation systems.

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