When we learned that we were not allowed to drive the Google Street View car and tell the tale of the experience to our readers, disappointment enveloped us. Gone was the dream of driving it and marveling at the technology found inside the vehicle.
Because of confidentiality and security concerns, we had to forgo Google Philippines' Street View cars (which are actually Chevrolet Captivas). Instead, we decided to improvise and make our own Street View car.
Using a white Chevrolet Spin borrowed from The Covenant Car Company Inc.--the official distributor of Chevrolet vehicles in the country--we traveled the metro with four GoPro cameras mounted on the vehicle's roof. To give justice to Google's original Street View car, we had to decorate the Spin with the ever-trusty materials of schoolchildren: cartolina, recycled boxes and permanent markers.
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