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