Spotted this Googlecar on Ortega Highway, as it was leaving town. These are the vehicles used to shoot 360-degree photos for the street view function on Google Maps.
There's been some privacy complaints over the years, because these cameras (now in HD) capture everything. Here's a website of goofy google pics.
On each of these vehicles there are nine directional cameras for 360° views at a height of about 8.2 feet, or 2.5 meters, GPS units for positioning and three laser range scanners for the measuring of up to 50 meters 180° in the front of the vehicle. There are also 3G/GSM/Wi-Fi antennas for scanning 3G/GSM and Wi-Fi hotspots. Recently, 'high quality' images are based on open source hardware cameras from Elphel.
And if you're wondering, Google has cameras on a tricycle to reach places cars can't, and has even used snowmobiles ...