The time when you will be able to report crimes to robot police officers seems not so far away, at least in Dubai, which plans to replace 25% of its police force with these smart machines by 2030.
The first robot officer will hit the streets soon, rolling around on wheels. It will be capable of detecting emotions, facial expressions and hand gestures at distances of up to 1.5m, as well as speaking in multiple languages. The bot has embedded cameras that can supply the police command room with live feeds, and a laptop in the chest compartment, which citizens can use to report crimes, pay traffic fines and submit the documentation.
It is evident that the prime purpose of the robocop will, for now at least, be to assist citizens, but Dubai, one of the seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates, set its eyes on having a human-free police station.
“We are looking to make everything smart in Dubai Police. We are aiming to implement many smart police mechanisms, including the smart police station and robots, and adopt artificial intelligence. He has many skills including the capability to map the insides of a building and navigate its path automatically via its self-control and drive feature,” Gulf News quoted General Director of the Smart Services Department Brigadier Khalid Nasser Al Razouqi as saying.
The 170cm-tall robot police officer has been designed by Spanish company PAL Robotics, and the Dubai police has recently teamed up with the IBM’s Watson and Google to advance the voice command recognition function.