Google Street View now features the Arabian Desert via a camel camera
High tech hump
Google has taken to the sands to expand its already globe-spanning Street View imagery, using a 'Trekker camera pack' modified and mounted to a camel's hump – all to capture photos from the Liwa Desert.
Located in the most vast space of sand in the United Arab Emirates, the Liwa Desert is known to be utterly beautiful, but difficult to navigate by car, or on foot, for obvious reasons. And so the imagery captured by the 'camel cam' includes dunes that reach a height of 25-40 metres, rolling sandy hills in one of the oldest sites in the region.
The use of camels meant that Google Street View could avoid having any kind of impact on the surrounding environment, which has played home to human settlers since the Late Stone Age.
The Trekker pack is what Google uses to capture Street View imagery where it's cars can't or shouldn't tread – though traditionally they're worn and carried by human hosts, never animals.