About three weeks ago, I was driving north on 101 to work at PBwiki. There was a van driving by and I saw what looked like a large black cargo container on it. Except it had a large cylinder on top. It looked like a GIANT CAMERA mounted on the roof, aimed at the sky. I thought, "Yeah, Brian, It's a giant camera on top of a van."
Now I just saw William's photos of the Google van. LOL. Turns out the thing on top was a camera after all. Well, a panoramic assembly of normal-sized cameras arranged in a shape that just so happens to look like a giant camera. Is this an engineering joke on behalf of Google? Or maybe it is a disguise: "Nobody will think were hiding cameras in 60x-sized replica of a camera."