Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/08/26/street_view_update/

Street View spycars need some TLC

And percussive maintenance, evidently

By Lester Haines

Posted in Bootnotes, 26th August 2008 11:38 GMT

Our Street View spycar Google Maps Web 0.2 mashup has proved a spectacular success, with around 85 sightings to date submitted by sharp-eyed readers and 400,000 hits down there at the search monolith's cartographical tentacle...

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The two latest submissions in particular caught our eye, demonstrating that even the galactic power of Google cannot keep a black Opel fleet running without human intervention. Here's one roving snoopmobile looking rather sorry for itself on the forecourt of an Edinburgh garage, courtesy of Ian Fraser:

Street View spycar parked at Edinburgh garage

In Bristol, meanwhile, we have an operative evidently taking matters into his own hands, and indulging in some light percussive maintenance of the spycar's sinister camcluster:

Street View operative clambers onto roof of Spycar

Nicely done, and nicely done too by Scott Griffiths for capturing the action. Keep those sightings coming. ®