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Thursday, 29 June 2017

Tech Leak: Dubai Police To Use self-driving robo-car To Track Criminals

By the end of the year, Dubai’s police force will have a new recruit patrolling the streets: a self-driving car that acts as a mobile surveillance unit. 

The vehicle is about the size of a child’s toy electric buggy, reports Gulf News, and is equipped with 360-degree cameras that “scan for wanted criminals and undesirables” — presumably using facial recognition technology. 

The bot is built by Singapore-based start-up OTSAW Digital, and its proper name is the O-R3. OTSAW says Dubai will be the first city in the world to use the O-R3 for everyday patrols, noting that the robot isn’t intended to replace human police officers, but to “fulfill low-level order enforcement tasks.” 

As well as all-seeing cameras, the O-R3 can charge itself automatically, and comes equipped with an onboard drone to follow individuals to places where the bot can’t drive. 

What do you think about this Tech from Dubai police? Will it make police operations more smooth? Leave us your opinion via comment below. 

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