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First robot police officer to enter Dubai service in 2017

Announcement is part of Dubai Police's plan to embrace new technology to fight crime in the future

First robot police officer to enter Dubai service in 2017
(Photo: Dubai Media Office Twitter feed)

Dubai Police is set to put its first robot into service next year, it was announced on Monday.

The brief announcement was tweeted by Dubai Media Office as part of GITEX Technology Week in Dubai.

The tweet gave no further details but earlier this year it was reported that Dubai Police are planning to introduce robots and artificial intelligence to the force within four years.

“Robots could do the work of a police officer on the ground at certain situations,” Colonel Khalid Razooqi, General Director of Smart Department Dubai Police was quoted as saying in June.

Robots would be the latest high-tech move by Dubai Police which said last year that patrol officers had issued over 60 fines using Google Glass since the technology was introduced.

The gadget allows officers to identify road users who have outstanding warrants through the number plates.

In July, Dubai launched a new initiative which aims to bring together top international companies and entrepreneurs to enable the rapid deployment of "transformative technologies" across the city.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of Dubai Executive Council, launched the Dubai Future Accelerators.

The initiative will include the application of cutting edge technologies like AI and robotics, genomics, 3D printing, biomimicry and biotechnology.

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Fentoni 3 years ago

Ha ha love it. "Human you are under arrest come with me..... You appear to be malfunctioning, water is leaking from your facial optical sensors"
Seriously though I bet he'd struggle to reply to this post on AB without lying.

Doug 3 years ago

Oh come on. This isn't a robot. This is a mechanical mannequin with an iPad in its chest.

I guarantee you that the 'robot' the Dubai Police will be introducing will be some glorified touchscreen at the police station entrance where you check in for an appointment and the 'robotic' element will be limited to a mechanical arm doing a salute and a pre-recorded 'Salam alaykum'.

This is not robotics, it's an iPad case with a speaker and a motor in it.