Google “Camel View”: The Arabian version of the Street View car used for mapping the UAE’s Liwa desert

Lynsey Barber
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Raffia the camel takes pictures of the desert for Google (Source: Google)

Forget the Google Street View car zooming around London and the rest of the country mapping its streets.

If you're trying to take pictures of the desert, it’s a whole other ball game. It’s a bit dusty and you're likely to get sand in, well, everywhere, but camels are pretty much built for it.

This makes them the perfect vehicle for Google to use for mapping the vast expanses of the Liwa desert in the United Arab Emirates.

Thanks to Raffia (yes, the camel has a name), anyone around the world can now explore the desert expanse from date farms and sand dunes to the Liwa Oasis, the largest oasis in the Arabian Peninsula.

Watch the video below, or do some exploring.

The Street View Trekker sitting on Raffia and used to take the pictures has been designed so Google can feature the more remote places around the world which are inaccessible by car.

In addition to the more familiar car, the camel and the Trekker, Google has the Street View Trolley (for taking images of museums), the Street View Snowmobile (for those more wintry climates) and the Street View Trike (for those smaller winding streets off the beaten track).

In fact, anyone with wanderlust heading to a remote and as yet unmapped location can apply to Google to take the Trekker with them and help share images of the world on the web.

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