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While it was much more fun to think of the little hover-droid flying around New York City waiting to snap pictures for you of the surrounding city-scape, the reality is a bit less interesting, although more realistic. The vehicle you see in the picture above is one of Immersive Media's camera wielding cars, a Volkswagen New Beetle to be exact. These are the cars that Google is using to populate their new Street View function with pictures of major cities, or as Immersive Media themselves refer to it: 360° georeferenced spherical video. Ummm... yeah.

Since I just ruined John's fantasy of the little hover-droid, I propose this stunning possibility: Maybe this is the real Bumblebee from Transformers! He's no Camaro, he was a Bug all along. He's come to earth in an attempt to map out possible... alright, nevermind. I'll just go back to thinking of the hover-droid.

[Source: Immersive Media via Engadget]

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Thats funny, where we live they don't use VW Beetles, i think they use some kind of a van. I saw one roll past our business over here: http://www.pickacar.co.za/
      • 8 Years Ago
      what a coinky-dink...i saw one of these just yesterday. dont think i recall seeing the big camera on top, though. does that mean they're probably getting ready to have street view available for my area?
      • 8 Years Ago
      big brother is alive and well...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Look at the rims of ths car! For a company car, why did they decided to go for the upgrade when it came to the shoes? Not saying it was a bd idea, but usually you would end up with hub caps or something.

        • 6 Years Ago
        From the background, that pic appears to be a photo shoot. I bet only that Beetle has the nice rims.
      • 8 Years Ago

      Here is another site that has a large selection of StreetView finds:

      • 4 Years Ago
      Rage guy is fooling around in Mexico City using Google’s Street View, and it’s for sure that he will find something that will make him mad!

      • 8 Years Ago
      Here's a reflection of [one of] the Beetle[s] they're using in one of the windows of Miami's "The Collection." You can't really see anything inside the windows unfortunately.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder if any of these cars have been spotted on Live Search Maps (maps.live.com) "birds eye view?" Theres some food for thought! Its like big brother spying on big brother. Maybe you can see the helicopter that is shooting the "birds eye view" from the google streetview images.
      • 8 Years Ago
      looks like I need to type my reply faster and not spend the time trying to find the link of the van picture oh well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I do believe that picture was taken at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I added all the best "Google Street View" here : http://www.geo-trotter.com/cat-street-view.php.
      • 8 Years Ago
      They didn't use beetles for all the data collection. Dont remember where I saw it now, but saw a reflection of the vehicle taking the pic and it was a full size van. I imagine the same equipment was used though.
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