The ultra-wealthy nation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is planning to bolster its police force by rolling out a line of “robocops” by 2017, according to a report from UAE newspaper The Khaleej Times.
The move by the UAE to introduce these robocops is aimed at helping the police force to deal with its increasing population and is part of a lead up to the 2020 Dubai Expo, a six-month long exhibition of trade, innovation and products from around the world, and a major showcase for the United Arab Emirates, where the nation will see a massive influx of visitors.
Dubai’s police will see the roll out of robocops within the next two years, which will help police to patrol malls and other public areas, according to the Chief Information Officer and General Director of the Dubai Police HQ Smart Services Department.
“The robots will interact directly with people and tourists,” Colonel Khalid Nasser Alrazooqi said. “They will include an interactive screen and microphone connected to the Dubai police call centres. People will be able to ask questions and make complaints, but they will also have fun interacting with the robots.”
Alrazooqi said that within four or five years that Dubai police will be able to field autonomous robots that require no input from human controllers.
“These will be fully intelligent robots that can interact with people, with no human intervention at all,” he said. “This is still under research and development, but we are planning on it.”