What, no hybrids for Google camera cars?

Gizmodo reports that Google has a fleet of camera cars to take photos for Google Maps street view, and they are Chevy Cobalts

Google appears to be creating a fleet of Chevy Cobalts specially equipped with cameras to shoot street views for Google Maps, according to Gizmodo (post includes photos of the gray compacts).

Given Google's policy of paying employees $5,000 toward the price of a Toyota Prius, this is kind of odd.

A Google spokeswoman provided this statement in response to questions about the cars: "We are not providing details about the number of vehicles at this time; however we are constantly working to provide Street View imagery for more regions."

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