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Snowmobile used for Google Street View in northern Canada

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Friday, March 11, 2016, 4:47 PM - Google has used some creative methods to capture street view images of places that can't be accessed by vehicle.

In 2014, for example, the tech giant hired a camel to gather data Liwa Oasis, a large expanse of desert in the Abu Dhabi desert.

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Canada is home to several remote communities. Take Sanikiluaq, NU for example.

This small Inuit community is located in the middle of the Hudson Bay, and temperatures can be frigid.

July and August are typically the warmest months and even then, the daily highs tend to hover around 10C.

For most of the year temperatures are near, or well below, freezing.

If you'd like to get a closer look at Sanikiluaq, now you can. Google has managed to gather street view data of the small community using not a car but rather, a snowmobile.

This isn't the first time Google has used a snowmobile to gather data:The company performed some early tests with the technology at B.C.'s Whistler Blackcomb Mountain back in 2010, and the results were spectacular:

The images of Sanikiluaq were collected in March, 2015, but they received a renewed interest this week after being featured on the content-sharing site Reddit.

Here's a closer look at how the Google Snowmobile works:

Sources: Google | Reddit


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