Dubai police have recruited the “world’s first operational robot policeman” as part of the emirate’s planned robot police force, state news agency WAM reported.
Standing 170 centimetres tall and weighing 100 kilograms, the autonomous Robocop is equipped with an emotion detector which can recognise gestures and hand signals from up to 1.5 metres away.
“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, Director-General of Smart Services at Dubai Police.
The Robocop can also detect a person's emotions and facial expressions – whether the individual is happy, sad, or smiling - and has the ability to change his expression and greetings accordingly, the report said.
Unveiled at the three-day long Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference, the robocop can speak six languages and is said to have facial recognition software to help police officers identify and catch offenders, as well as broadcast live video feeds.
The report said: “He doesn't need a visa, medical insurance or hours of training, and he is ready to engage with Dubai’s residents and millions of tourists across the city’s streets.”