Dubai set to get driverless police patrols by 2020

It’s the latest futuristic development to hit the city

First we had flying taxis, then the Hyperloop system that could transport passengers across the UAE in just minutes.

Now officials have announced that driverless police patrols are set to take to the roads in Dubai as early as 2020.

The futuristic technology will be rolled out in phases, with the first seeing camera-equipped patrol cars roaming the streets.

Then the plan is to include object detection, tracking and advanced driverless technology in a bid to combat and reduce crime.

It was all announced this week after the force signed an agreement with Acacus Technologies.

The company said in a statement: "Each phase will add new and advanced capabilities. Acacus will be developing and innovating software and hardware solutions for this project."

Major-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, commander-in-chief of the Dubai Police, added: "The Dubai Police are keen to adopt and implement best in class technology to combat crime and reduce it.

"The focus is also on increasing the productivity of our services."

Across the UAE, there are loads of futuristic developments happening in the policing world.

Last year, police in Abu Dhabi revealed new ‘smart glasses’ technology as part of a long-term vision to keep the city safe.

The smart glasses, which were shown off by the force at Gitex Technology Week, feature a micro-camera that uses artificial intelligence to automatically scan faces in a crowd.

It then sends alerts to the authorities when a wanted person – or a missing person – has been located.

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