Dubai Police force recruits Robocop

Posted on Jul 4, 2017 by

Driverless patrol vehicle is the latest to join the growing fleet

Driverless O-R3 patrol vehicle is the latest to join the growing Dubai Police fleet

Earlier this year His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced a new strategy aimimg for up to 25 percent of all car trips made in Dubai to be driverless by 2030. One of the many small steps necessary to achieve that sensational target has already been taken by the Dubai Police in the form of an autonomous police patrol.

Dubai Police has a new recruit, and it’s a driverless car made by a Singaporean tech company that will patrol the city’s streets armed with the latest technologies and even facial recognition. Featuring live broadcasting to the Dubai Police operation room, the driverless police car can help members of the public communicate with the police, and is capable of navigating its environment without any human input. According to Dubai Police the unit can even pursue suspects and criminals on its own.

Loaded with cameras, officer O-R3 can read license plates, take photos, and even features some Q-worthy gadgets like thermal imaging, 3D laser scanning, and a flying drone

Running on electricity, the zero-emissions driverless patrol vehicle is produced by a company called Otsaw Digital that specialises in robotics. The unit chosen by the Dubai Police for service duty is the company’s O-R3 model which can self-charge when it detects its energy running low, and learn to avoid obstacles by itself.

Loaded with cameras, officer O-R3 can read license plates, take photos, and even features some Q-worthy gadgets like thermal imaging, 3D laser scanning, and a flying drone acting as its partner and eyes in the sky (you can’t have Starsky without Hutch). Naturally humans in the operation room can remotely take control of O-R3 and maneuver it as necessary if needs be.

Since it self-charges, one of the benefits of O-R3 is that it can serve the public 24 hours a day, and unlike its human counterparts that require years of preparation to join the force, this driverless patrol vehicle uses Artificial Intelligence to get going without any prior training. 

Other perks? It’s never late for work and it never asks for sick leave. 

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