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Old 12-30-2008, 12:48 PM   #1
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Default Google Streetview Catches Porsche Prototypes Testing

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How technology makes the world smaller.
It used to be that automakers could test their pre-production cars on the streets and all they really had to do was avoid the car paparazzi. After all, the average person on the street couldn't really do anything about it even if they knew what they had just seen. Nowadays, well, aren't we all being watched somehow by something? And everyone has a camera phone.


Here you get a spy photographer's bonanza spotted by that ubiquitous Internet search engine turned into mad mapper of the world: Google. These images were captured by Google Streetview. Google Streetview is a project by Google to photograph each street or road to go along with its extensive Google Maps project that is literally mapping out the globe.


These images, taken on Mount Evans Toll Road high up in the Colorado Rockies, show the next-generation Porsche Cayman and Boxster, as well as the face-lifted 911 Turbo and Targa. You can even see the Porsche engineers scrambling to cover up the cars once they spotted the cameras. Porsche was likely doing some high altitude testing there.


But it still takes a human eye to spot what the camera captures and we tip our hats to our colleagues over at garage419.com for having recognized what Google had inadvertently spotted.

Source: garage419.com via jalopnik.com
http://www.worldcarfans.com/9081229....otypes-testing















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Old 12-30-2008, 03:29 PM   #2
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Is it just me or do all Porsche's look alike?
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Old 12-30-2008, 03:31 PM   #3
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Old 12-30-2008, 04:22 PM   #4
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Is it just me or do all Porsche's look alike?
no, it's not just you...
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Old 12-30-2008, 04:37 PM   #5
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Is it just me or do all Porsche's look alike?
yeah, i dont see the big hoopla. "omg! new 911!? what does it look like?" it looks like the last one. /discussion.
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Old 12-30-2008, 06:31 PM   #6
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looks like every other porsche.. Fake hype created by Porsche?
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Old 12-30-2008, 06:34 PM   #7
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how do they drive with the covers on?
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Old 12-30-2008, 10:14 PM   #8
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I dont quite recall google being able to zoom in that much...

it seems a little fake to me. I mean if porsche really wanted to keep it secret wouldn't they have wanted the pictures?
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Old 12-30-2008, 10:51 PM   #9
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Is it just me or do all Porsche's look alike?

No. One has a spoiler, the other doesnt.
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:11 PM   #10
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As they say in the south, "If it aint broke don't fix it."
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:18 PM   #11
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Somebody tell me what that is. It's definitely not an Aveo. VW Up! city car maybe?
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:27 PM   #12
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:47 PM   #13
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Somebody tell me what that is. It's definitely not an Aveo. VW Up! city car maybe?
Yaris maybe?
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:50 PM   #14
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Yaris maybe?
I went looking at the originals a gmaps. Yah, seems to be a 3-door Yaris. They did cover those cars in a hurry. By the 5th picture in the sequence just about everything is covered.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e...111742983,,0,5
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:53 PM   #15
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me too. I also think they look exactly like classic beatles (vw) but uglier.
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Old 12-31-2008, 12:11 AM   #16
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We play with Streetview at work to see if there were any 'suspicious cars' caught in coworkers' driveways.
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I dont quite recall google being able to zoom in that much...

it seems a little fake to me. I mean if porsche really wanted to keep it secret wouldn't they have wanted the pictures?
Google Maps now has a view called street view, with pictures taken literally by a car going up the street. You can probably go on and find your house, and that someone took a picture of it. This isn't the first time where something really interesting just happened to be going on when the Google van went driving by. There are some other ones out there, if I remember right, there was one that happened to catch someone getting their ass beat.

Not bad looking, the new Cayman and Boxster. Not a fan of the revamped 911's though.
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This thread reminded me of the Google Street View car that I spotted last fall (07). I'd always assumed that the guy was just transporting the car between cities because we were in the middle of nowhere on a state highway.. I just went and checked out the street view along that section of road and spotted my car! They apparently had to re-shoot the section of road where I passed it, because I slowed down and gawked for a moment. I can see my car come up and nearly pass the camera.. but from there on each photo is of a different set of cars (traffic) and from a different lane.
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