Singapore is testing some robots patrolling the streets to avoid “unwanted behavior” by users. The two robots are called Xavier and have a series of cameras that give them a 360 degree field of vision.
In this first phase, the main focus will be on the violation of anti-Covid19 regulations: Xavier will be looking for people who smoke in public or create assemblies. The data acquired from the cameras will be inserted in the video analysis software based on artificial intelligence: “once Xavier detects incorrect behavior, it will send the alerts to the command and control center” the authorities say, while the rebuked users will display on
The sending of data to the authorities will enable public officials to “activate additional resources to respond to situations on the ground, when necessary.”
Initially, the two robots will be around the area of Toa Payoh Central, a very busy and traffic-intensive area.
“Xavier’s deployment will support the work of civil servants as it will reduce the workforce needed for patrols on foot and improve operational efficiency,” the authorities say.
This is not the first time that we have talked about police robots: a few years ago we discussed a robot that is able to prevent accidents, while Dubai intends to take them on the road by 2030.