Mini autonomous police cars paired with companion drones and facial recognition technology will begin patrolling the streets of Dubai by the end of the year to help the city identify and track down criminal suspects.
This week’s announcement by city officials comes as Dubai races to reshape the future of its law enforcement.
But don’t expect a high-speed chase from the little cars. In demonstrations, the robot never appears to move beyond a strolling pace. But the four-wheeled security vehicle comes with a built-in aerial drone that can survey areas and people that the robot can’t reach.
Named the O-R3, the patrol car can navigate on its own using machine-learning algorithms and can be controlled remotely from behind a computer dashboard. The vehicle also comes equipped with thermal imaging, and licence plate readers. The manufacturer, Singapore-based company OTSAW Digital, claims that the car and drone duo is the first of its kind.
The Dubai police force …
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