Google ‘hires’ camel for Street View images of Liwa Desert


Located in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, the Liwa Desert is known for sand dunes that range anywhere from 82 to 131 feet in height, as well as the Liwa Oasis, the largest oasis within the Arabian peninsula. After deciding to capture images of the area for Google maps, a Street View crew and a camel equipped with a Trekker out into the 62 mile stretch of desert.
With the help of Raffia, a 10-year-old camel equipped with a Google Trekker on his back, the crew was able to caputure the 360 degree panoramic photos Google is famous for.

“To bring this stunning desert to Street View, we fashioned the Trekker to rest on a camel, which gathered imagery as it walked. Using camels for the collection allowed us to collect authentic imagery and minimize our disruption of this fragile environment.” see full story here


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