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Tech Today: Robot Police Officer unveiled in Dubai

Tech Today: Robot Police Officer unveiled in Dubai

Dubai Police have revealed their first robot officer, giving it the task of patrolling the city’s malls and tourist attractions.

People will be able to use it to report crimes, pay fines and get information by tapping a touchscreen on its chest.

Data collected by the robot will also be shared with the transport and traffic authorities.

The government said the aim was for 25% of the force to be robotic by 2030 but they would not replace humans.

Director General of smart services at Dubai Police said that the goal is not to replace police officers with this tool but to relocate officers so they work in the right areas to provide a safe city.

The robot, a customised Reem model from Pal Robotics, was unveiled at the Gulf Information and Security Expo and Conference on Sunday.

At present it can communicate only in Arabic and English, but there are plans to add Russian, Chinese, French and Spanish to its repertoire.

The Dubai Gov’t said a second Reem robot could join it on patrol next year depending on funding.

 

Source: www.BBC.com

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May 25th, 2017

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