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Robots to augment Dubai’s police force

Could a machine do their job? Dubai is making plans to augment its police force with robots. (REUTERS/JUMANA EL HELOUEH/LANDOV)

They’re just like real cops, sans the doughnut breaks. Bernd Debusmann reports for the Khaleej Times that Dubai plans to augment its police force with robots.

Starting in the next two years, these “Robo Cops” will patrol the city’s iconic shopping malls and other public venues.

The first iteration of robots will be controlled remotely by the Dubai Police via interactive screens and microphones. In four to five years, an autonomous version is planned that would be “fully intelligent” with “no human intervention,” Colonel Khalid Nasser Alrazooqi tells the newspaper.

The robots are intended to help the police department handle the surge of visitors anticipated for Expo 2020, the article says. They will be capable of fielding questions and taking complaints. They also are certain to add to the spectacle of a city known for its unusual attractions. The deployment is part of Dubai’s broader Smart City Initiative. 

Khaleej Times

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