Well, it may not be the KIT (from the Knight Rider), but it is the nearest thing that we could hope for at the moment. Meet O-R3 Dubai Police’s newest law enforcement officer. Don’t let its size fool you, the O-R3 is equipped with a 360-degree camera that not only helps it to find it way around. But while it’s at it, it also scans for known wanted criminals or repeats offenders using cutting edge live facial recognition software.
The OR-3 which is built by Singapore-based robotics start-up OSTAW Digital, however, isn’t designed to replace the conventional police officer but will help ease the load on them by enforcing low-level order enforcement. I can see it now. Now, the OR-3 isn’t designed for apprehension either, it’s more of a pursuit bot, which means that aside from being able to charge itself, it also comes armed with a drone. Which it can deploy in case it’s in pursuit of a perp that has gone somewhere it can’t follow.
Major General at the Dubai Police Force commented 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.” Going on to say that the bots will mostly be targeted tourist spots. The thought of an angry robot shouting at a distraught elderly tourist comes to mind.
Obviously, this little robot is just a statement. The obviously spoiled for choice Dubai Police force (the same ones with a Bugatti and a couple of McLarens parked in their garage) say they target to replace 25% of their Police force with robots by 2030. Now OR-3 isn’t the first but is a point in the evolution of what is now being called telepresence robots. And if this whole thing rings eerily at the back story to the matrix I wouldn’t be surprised.