Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) uses Street View technology to capture the panoramic views of streets, lakes, parks, etc and feature the images in Google Maps and Google Earth. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) generally puts the cameras on cars, boats and people to get the tour of different places in the world. But how did they tour the Arabian Desert? Bloomberg’s Adam Johnson reported the unique way that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has used to capture 360 degree images of the Arabian Desert on Bloomberg TV.
Johnson reported that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has mounted a camera on the hump of a 10-year old camel to collect the panoramic images of the Liwa Desert in United Arab Emirates.
“[…] A 10-year old camel carrying a camera mounted on its hump. It’s actually how Google street view collected the panoramic views of the Liwa Desert,” Johnson reported.
Majority of the Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Street View images were captures using a camera mounted on a car, but when it comes to capturing Street View images of a desert, Google took a rather bizarre method of using a camera mounted on camel‘s hump to cover a stretch of 62 miles east to west in the Liwa Desert, located at Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s ultimate aim of capturing all these Street View images is to put together a collective map of the entire world. In this effort, they navigated to places where people find it difficult to travel to and capture the panoramic images of those places. This might provide virtual travel to unreachable locations of the world to many people in their living rooms.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) was even able to capture a glimpse of local residents in the Liwa Desert through the Street View images captured by the Camel.
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