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Coming soon: Dubai to add autonomous robots to the police force

Coming soon: Dubai to add autonomous robots to the police force

Robocop-type police coming to the UAE for 2020?

Editor: Buro 24/7

Dubai continues to be a source of futuristic delight as it is revealed that in as little as five years time, robotic, Robocop-type police could be walking the streets of the UAE city, just in time for the Expo 2020...

Robocop may be a sci-fi film character, but it could be a very real figure for the residents and visitors of Dubai if these latest reports are anything to go by. According to an official, there are plans for a robotic police force to assist the UAE city in shopping malls and other public places to launch in Dubai in as little as five years time.

Colonel Khalid Nasser Alrazooqi, the chief information officer and general director of the Dubai Police HQ Smart Services Department told the Khaleej Times that the Robocop-type police force would help the authorities to deal with the city's ever rising population: “The robots will interact directly with people and tourists. They will include an interactive screen and microphone connected to the Dubai Police call centres." Adding: "People will be able to ask questions and make complaints, but they will also have fun interacting with the robots.”

Alrazooqi revealed that in half a decade, the Dubai Police aims to debut a force of autonomous robots that require no input from human controllers. "These will be fully intelligent robots that can interact with people, with no human intervention at all," he said. "This is still under research and development, but we are planning on it." 

The colonel added that the new additions to the Dubai Police force would help with the upcoming Expo 2020 and the huge number of people expected to descend on the emirate for the special event: “We are aiming to provide these kinds of services as the population is expanding,” he said. “This way we can provide better services without hiring more people.”