Google Lets You Tour Seattle’s Tesla Westlake Store Without Ever Leaving Home

Software giant Google has brought us virtual tours of everything from the ancient Pyramids of Egypt to the White House, the TWiT Brick House and even Dr. Who’s TARDIS, all without leaving home.

Now you can add electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors [NASDAQ:TSLA] to the list, and one of its popular Tesla Stores, meaning you can now visit a Tesla Store from your living room.

Take a virtual tour of the Tesla Westlake Store in Seattle, courtesy of Google Maps. (Photo: Google Maps)

Take a virtual tour of the Tesla Westlake Store in Seattle, courtesy of Google Maps. (Photo: Google Maps)

Enter Tesla’s Westlake store in Seattle, which has been photographed inside and out by Google to become one of the latest virtual tours added to Google’s massive Google Map project.

Located on Westlake Avenue North just south of Lake Union, entering the Tesla Westlake Store from within Google Maps or Google Earth not only gives you a full virtual tour of the building itself but even lets you get up and close with the cars too.

And when we say up close and personal, we don’t just mean admiring them from outside: head to the red Tesla Model S parked in the front of the store, and you’ll be able to view it from the inside, peek under the frunk, or even peer out from the trunk.

There’s even a nice set of close-up images of the Tesla Model S chassis you’ll find in every Tesla Store worldwide, giving a chance to see what makes the Model S tick.

It might not be the real thing, but you can even 'walk' through the door. (Photo: Google Maps)

It might not be the real thing, but you can even ‘walk’ through the door. (Photo: Google Maps)

Of course, visiting a real Tesla Store is always going to be better than the virtual tour, but for those of you who live in a part of the world where Tesla has yet to launch any retail stores — or you happen to live just too far from a Tesla Store to make a day-trip worthwhile — the virtual tour of the Westlake store can give you a taste of the real thing.

What you won’t get of course, is the friendly sales staff on hand to answer any questions you might have, or a way to configure your own Model S. Then again, if you’re on a computer, both needs can be met by heading over to Tesla’s main website after you’ve taken the tour for yourself.

Take a look at the tour for yourself by visiting Google Maps, and let us know what you think. Have you visited the real Westlake store in Seattle? Is it a fair representation?

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  • D. Harrower

    That is pretty cool. I’ve never come across a building where Google Streetview let you explore the inside before.

  • Joe

    On the Sept 5 Transport Evolved show Nikki asked the listeners to help identify the post-it note attached to the dashboard. I just took a look and it’s not a note, but the obligatory warning included in all new cars in the USA that explains that airbags can be dangerous to kids. The label is not meant to be permanent, as the labels on the sun visors are.