The Dubai police force known for their use of expensive and luxurious cars for patrol and operations have hit the media again with a striking debut of the world's first robot police called the Robocop (for short). The Robocop has started its duties as part of a new police program.
A highly-programmed heavily-customized service robot from Pal Robotics is to be deployed to malls and tourist centers so people can simply use the touchscreen incorporated into its chest area to quickly report crime, pay fines and obtain information.
"Now most people visit police stations or customer service, but with this tool we can reach the public 24/7 and it won't ask for any sick leave or maternity leave," Brig Khalid Al Razooqi, Dubai Police director general of smart services, said in a statement.
As expected, cameras and sensors are all built in which are meant to capture and transmit shots and videos back to the police control center. However, media reports say the next series of robots would be deployed to combat crimes, and also to carry heavy equipment.
It's customized to wear the look of a typical Dubai police officer. See pictures and video below.
The Dubai also plan to robots until they reach around 25 percent of the force by 2030, allowing the human members of the police to focus their attention on other areas. This would go a long way in assisting to fight crimes and perform other police functions. This is similar to what Volvo has done with its autonomous refuse truck which drives itself and thus assists the human driver to focus on waste bin collection rather than jumping in and out of the cabin to move the truck from one apartment to the other.