Camels Now Part of Google’s Street View Imagery Program

Caitlin Dempsey


Google uses many different ways to capture its growing street level imagery, including using trikes, snowmobiles, and trolleys.  Most recently, Google placed its Trekker on top of a camel in order to capture views of the Arabian desert.  By doing so, Google was able to provide armchair geographers with a panoramic view of the Liwa Oasis, the largest oasis in the Arabian peninsula which is located in the United Arab Emirates.

The imagery captured takes viewers past 25-40 meters (82 – 131 feet) high sand dunes.

Why a camel? Najeeb Jarrar, Product Marketing Manager, Middle East and North Africa with Google explained in a post that the camel was used in order to “to collect authentic imagery and minimize our disruption of this fragile environment.”  Jarrar concludes, “We hope this collection gives you a glimpse of what it may be like to travel the desert as caravan merchants have for the past 3000 years.”

See more: Roam the Arabian desert with Street View

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Caitlin Dempsey
Caitlin Dempsey is the editor of Geography Realm and holds a master's degree in Geography from UCLA as well as a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from SJSU.