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January 18, 2016 AT 5:00 am

Google Hired A Camel For Desert Street View

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Google street view reaches as far as the Liwa Oasis with the help of a camel named Raffia. via CNN

It’s given us robot cars and internet-enabled glasses — but when it came to creating a “Street View” of a desert, Google hit on a low-tech solution.

It hired a camel.

The beast has become the first animal to carry Google’s Trekker camera, which is typically hoisted by humans to capture 360-degree images of destinations inaccessible to its Street View cars.

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