Watch video: Dubai Police recruits ‘Robocar’ O-R3 that can identify criminals and charge on its own

OTSAW noted that the bots are not intended to replace the human police officers but to enforce low-level order in the city

By: | Updated: July 10, 2017 12:16 PM

Dubai has quite been at the forefront of technological advancement. The first to build the tallest building in the world, first to introduce autonomous flying taxis and the first to actually introduce a real life 'Robocop' to the world. Now, the high-tech city has come up with another first - an autonomous police car. By the end of this year, the city police will have a new type of patrol car, one without a driver. It will be the eyes for the Dubai Police, acting as a surveillance unit. The vehicle, about the size of a toy electric buggy, will come equipped with 360-degree cameras that will 'scan for criminals', presumably using facial recognition technology, according to a report on Gulf News. The self-driving police bot has been named O-R3. It was developed and built by Singapore-based start-up OTSAW Digital, which has said that Dubai will be the first city in the world to recruit the O-R3 for everyday patrols. However, the company also noted that the bots are not intended to replace the human police officers but to enforce low-level order in the city.

Along with 360-degree cameras, the O-R3 will be able to charge itself and will come with a drone to reach places that the bot can't drive to. It will first be deployed in all tourist areas.

“We seek to augment operations with the help of technology such as robots. Essentially, we aim for streets to be safe and peaceful even without heavy police patrol," Commander of the Dubai Police Force Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri said in a press statement.

The O-R3 will soon be introduced for Dubai, which wants about 25 percent of its police force to comprise of these bots by 2030.

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Dubai Police added a new type of officer – a real Robocop in the month of May. While it isn't exactly like the one out of the film, it will be posted in malls and tourist attractions, and people can use the touchscreen embedded in its chest to report a crime, pay fines and get information.