The next recruit into the Dubai Police ranks will be the UAE’s first robot police officer, it has been announced.
Officials announced the robot’s induction at the 11th International Symposium for Best Police Practices this week, and ambitiously stated the robotic rookie won’t be the last of its kind.
“We are looking to have more robots in future to handle policing,” said Brigadier Abdullah Bin Sultan, director of the future shaping centre at Dubai Police. “By 2030, we are keen to make robots around 25 per cent of the total police force.”
Like self-driving cars, robotics are forming a significant part of Dubai’s smart city strategy – the internet of things is a technology upon which the city is heavily leaning to optimise transport, infrastructure, energy, security and, in this case, crime.
Keep an eye out for the little dude cruising the streets of Dubai from May onwards. You’ll recognise it from its largely humanoid form, its police uniform and its definitely-doesn’t-look-like-Jason-from-Friday-13th face mask.