I've never seen one of photo vans they use to make the images in Google Maps' Street View feature, but a few days ago I did see a close relative. While walking through San Francisco, I saw one of the Tele Atlas vans parked for a rest. If the bright orange color (and the large Tele Atlas lettering) didn't give it away, surely the six cameras perched on the roof did. The crew wasn't around so I couldn't get a peek inside, nor could I ask just how the GPS/mapping company was using the van. But it was still a cool sight to catch up close.