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Robocops become a reality in Dubai

Robocops are expected to patrol the streets of Dubai by 2020 but police officials have even more ambitious plans.

Dubai Police is looking at ways of incorporating Robocops into their patrols and according to Emirates24, this could happen as early as 2020.

The latest prototype was presented at the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition and it is able to process fines for traffic violations while a touchscreen allows citizens to report crimes.


But police officials in Dubai are even more optimistic and ambitious. They are working together with IBM’s Watson and Google in order to equip robocops with artificial intelligence allowing them to better interact and help people. And by 2030, according to Gulf News, police officials hope that robots will make up 25 per cent of the force.

“We are hoping to have more robots in the future to handle policing. By 2030 we are keen to make robots about 25 per cent of the total police force,” said Brigadier Bin Sultan.

And robocops patrolling the street are not the only things that could make Dubai the safest city on Earth.

“We are looking to make everything smart in Dubai Police. By 2030, we will have the first smart police station which won’t require human employees,” Brigadier Al Razouqi told the same newspaper.

The robot presented at the GITEx is the first one to be able to shake hands and salute but police officers have already used other types of robots, mainly to help with the scanning or surveillance.

And Dubai will not only become the first city using robocops, it was also chosen as a location for testing the first flying taxis, courtesy of Uber.


Sylvia Jacob