Get off (or stay on the couch) and take an auto tour

You know what’s been going bonkers nowadays? Virtual tours, that’s what. Virtual experiences in general, everything from virtual 3D rooms, playing sports virtually to attending a virtual opera. We can’t leave the house, but the Internet is still pretty cool and we’re taking advantage like never before.

The auto world is right there with the rest of them, offering not only exceptional deals and ways to buy online, but also experiencing cars in ways that one might not have had the opportunity to do so unless a virtual tour was in play. Take the Petersen Automotive Museum for example. A Los Angeles staple with a rich history, Petersen has announced a series of live-streamed tours of its 60,000-square-foot vault with over 250 cars. Interest is through the roof, where over an hour-long vault tour, folks are guided through a highly interactive journey where questions can be submitted and tour guides answering them post tour. The tours are free for now but Petersen is requesting a donation to allow them to maintain their collection and support the staff as well as their foray into the digital world during these odd times.

Google Maps is also getting into the mix, facilitating the tours of 15 of the premier car museums in the world. Take BMW Zentrum out of Spartanburg, South Carolina or Honda Collection Hall in Motegi, Japan for example. The latter features not just cars, but robots, power products, scale models and bikes. The Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart, Germany was already hailed as one of the most impressive collections on the planet. Spending an entire day was possible pre-corona at the museum but your legs would nearly give out after such a physical investment. Not so now as you can lie on your couch and take in the sites as we all have a ton of time on our hands.

The good folks at Autoblog have also chimed in, publishing an exceptional video of Honda’s Collection Hall that spotlights the greatest cars the Japanese manufacturer has ever brought to market. An interesting tidbit that has chat rooms on fire was an electric prototype from 1976 … 1976! This came from Volvo and odds are if it wasn’t for what we’re going through being able to see something as rare as this wouldn’t have made any sense.

So next time you’re feeling sorry for yourself on your couch take a virtual trip and be inspired. We’ll be out and about again soon enough.

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