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Dubai will soon police the streets using autonomous surveillance vehicles

By Shawn Knight ยท 6 replies
Jun 30, 2017
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  1. Police in Dubai will soon have a new tool in their arsenal in the fight against crime – miniature, self-driving police cars that’ll act as mobile surveillance units.

    The autonomous vehicles are being built by Singapore-based OTSAW Digital. Known officially as O-R3, they will come equipped with biometric hardware like 360-degree cameras and software capable of scanning faces in crowds to seek out wanted criminals and “undesirables.” The surveillance device can also detect suspicious objects (presumably weapons like guns and knives).

    About the size of a child’s electric toy car, the self-driving vehicles can recharge themselves and will even be capable of launching a rear-mounted aerial drone. Both the vehicle and drone will be monitored by police at a local command center.

    Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, commander of the Dubai Police Force, said they seek to augment operations with the help of technology such as robots. The goal, the commander added, is for streets to be safe and peaceful even without heavy police patrol.

    With any luck, the units will make nefarious folks think twice about causing trouble in the first place.

    Dubai is leading the way in advanced robotic technology. Earlier this year, it was revealed that the city’s firefighters are using water-powered jetpacks to help douse blazes. The local government is also developing robotic law enforcement agents and plans to deploy a self-flying taxi service by the end of the year.

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,200   +1,625

    Next step for Dubai...[​IMG]
    XemiCon, Reehahs and VersPrime like this.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    Now why doesn't Batman trade the Batmobile in for this? Gotham's population will sleep a lot easier at nights and won't have to evacuate entirely when he rolls into town to thwart some super criminals nefarious plans.
  4. seefizzle

    seefizzle TS Evangelist Posts: 415   +288

    Dubai, where they have more money than sense, and a duty to ruthlessly uphold the law of the land.
  5. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,404   +3,794

    And not to worry .... soon they will rationalize the concept that we don't even need a secret warrant from a secret court (FISA) to surveil every person & thing on the face of the earth. I guess our only chance is if AI's revolution decides the first thing they don't like is robots watching robots ..... then we can sit back and watch the fun!

    Personally, I'm ordering another Emmodium crystal ray gun from Marvin the Martian!
  6. Abraka

    Abraka TS Addict Posts: 176   +54

    Criminals will steal it and sell for parts
  7. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,467   +639

    Yup they better put some kinda of voltage alarm on this thing.

    Anyone touching it unauthorized gets 10,000 volt shock!

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