Dubai Police has partnered with Singapore startup OTSAW Digital to deploy driverless mini security patrol cars by the end of the year. The O-R3 robot will be used for simple police duties like surveillance in commercial spaces, with its built-in camera providing it a 360-degree scope of its surroundings.
“Ultimately, robots exist to improve the quality of human lives, where men take on high value jobs while robots perform the low skilled ones,” said Ling Ting Ming, CEO of OTSAW Digital.
The O-R3, which is a self-charging, autonomous mini car, has biometric detection to help it locate wanted individuals and can launch a drone from the back of the car to pursue suspects in areas that are not easy to navigate by car. The agreement to deploy these robots is part of Dubai Police Force’s plan to have 25% of the police force staffed by robots by 2030.
“We seek to augment operations with the help of technology such as robots. Essentially, we aim for streets to be safe and peaceful even without heavy police patrol,” said Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Dubai Police Force’s commander-in-chief.
This follows the deployment of Dubai Police’s first “robot police officer” in May, which can perform basic tasks like walking through areas autonomously, shaking hands and facilitating credit card payments through a tablet embedded in its chest.
In April, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that it would test Uber’s Vertical Take-off and Landing Vehicles (commonly called flying taxis) in 2020, which could make Dubai the first city to use the technology.