After bringing in Lamborghinis and Ferraris to patrol roads, Dubai police have enrolled a robotic officer, the first in a unit that aims to make up a quarter of the force by 2030.
The robotic cop stood to attention Thursday night at the foot of Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower, as tourists and passersby snapped selfie souvenir photos by its side.
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The robot, to be deployed mainly at tourist spots, is equipped with a camera that transmits live images to the operations room and it can identify suspects wanted by police.
The main purpose is to "find a new way to deal with people", said Razzooqi, while acknowledging that robots could not replace humans on tasks such as making arrests.[caption id="attachment_66749" align="aligncenter" width="800"] The world's first operational police robot stands at attention as they prepare a military cannon to fire to mark sunset and the end of the fasting day for Muslims observing Ramadan, in Downtown Dubai on May 31, 2017 AFP[/caption]
Police in Dubai, a growing tourism hub which attracted nearly 15 million visitors last year, have previously attracted media attention by parading expensive luxury cars as patrol vehicles.[caption id="attachment_66750" align="aligncenter" width="800"] People take a picture with the world's first operational police robot after firing a military cannon which marks sunset and the end of the fasting day for Muslims observing Ramadan, in Downtown Dubai on May 31, 2017 AFP[/caption]