The world’s first “operational RoboCop” has been unveiled in Dubai, allowing citizens to pay fines, report crimes, and contact police headquarters.
Standing at 5 ft 5 in, the robot police officer can reportedly “read facial expressions” and is the first of many that the Dubai Police plan to implement.
“The robot police officer has the ability to scan faces from 20 metres away and bears a touchscreen on its chest which members of the public can use to report crimes,” reports The Daily Mail. “It also has a microphone which feeds directly to the Dubai Police call centres.”
“The robocop is part of the Emirates’ planned robot police force and was unveiled at a three-day long Gulf Information Security and Expo Conference on Sunday,” it noted, adding, “The conference finishes tomorrow at which point the robocop will be released onto Dubai streets to tackle real crime.”
Dubai Police expressed their intentions for robots to make up 25 percent of the police force by 2030 during the conference.
“The launch of the world’s first operational Robocop is a significant milestone for the Emirate and a step towards realising Dubai’s vision to be a global leader in smart cities technology adoption,” said Brigadier-General Khalid Nasser Al Razzouqi, the Director-General of Smart Services for the Dubai Police. “With an aim to assist and help people in the malls or on the streets, the Robocop is the latest smart addition to the force and has been designed to help us fight crime, keep the city safe and improve happiness levels.”
“We are looking to make everything smart in Dubai Police,” he continued. “We are aiming to implement many smart police mechanisms, including the smart police station and robots, and adopt artificial intelligence. By 2030, we will have the first smart police station which won’t require human employees.”
Brigadier Abdullah Bin Sultan, the director of the “Future Shaping Center” of Dubai Police, also stated: “We are looking to have more robots in future to handle policing.”
“By 2030, we are keen to make robots around 25 per cent of the total police force,” he declared.
In April, Breitbart Tech reported on robot security guards that have started to slowly be rolled out across the United States.
The “R2-D2-style” robots will soon be available to hire through a subscription model and will wander around rooms with multiple sensors, 360-degree cameras, and license plate recognition technology.
The robots will eventually include features such as gun detection and an array of 16 microphones, which its creators hope could potentially save lives.