A robotic police officer is making its debut on the streets of Dubai — and I hope everyone there has watched Robocop.
The uniformed bot greeted visitors to the Gulf Information Security and Expo Conference. After the conference wraps on Tuesday, it will be deployed to the streets of Dubai.
The Robot is 5-foot, 5-inch [165.1 cm], 222-pound [100.698 kg] robot which will be equipped with facial recognition technology and have the ability to broadcast live video feeds.It can rolls around on wheels. It can salute, bow, speak in multiple languages, and recognize hand gestures from up to 1.5 meters away, according to the Khaleej Times. It also has a tablet in its chest which could be used for reporting crime.
It will not be on the front lines making arrests, but will be interacting with the community. Residents of Dubai will be able to report crimes, pay fines, and ask the robot questions (though what sort of questions is unclear). It’s apparently not designed to deter serious crime, but to take over small tasks, according to Brigadier-General Khalid Nasser Al Razouqi, Director of the Smart Services Department for the Dubai Police
The Brigadier also told Gulf News that the department hopes to replace a 25% of its forces with similar bots by 2030.