The “world’s first operational Robocop” has officially joined Dubai’s police force.
While this is radically different from the Robocop in the movie, officers in the United Arab Emirates may want to get used to them, as the bots may soon account for a quarter of their colleagues.
The autonomous Robocop entered the line of duty on Sunday by greeting guests and patrolling the halls at the three-day Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC).
Plans are in place to have the machine on the streets in popular Dubai areas when the expo ends on Tuesday evening.
The Robocop, five feet five inches tall and weighing 99kg, speaks six languages and reads facial expressions.
“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,” said Brigadier-General Khalid Nasser Al Razzouqi, Director-General of Smart Services with the Dubai Police.
“He can chat and interact, respond to public queries, shake hands and offer a military salute,” he added.
Residents can use the Robocop to pay fines or report crimes, and it also can transmit and receive messages from police headquarters.
“The launch 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,” Al Razzouqi said.
“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,” he added.
Dubai appears to be bracing up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be hosted by Qatar, the first to be held in the Middle East and in an Arab and a majority-Muslim country.