World’s first talking robot policeman will be on the beat in May

PIcture Dubai police

In science fiction films such as Robocop, robot policemen are merciless killers who crush crime with metal fists – and hi-tech firearms.

But (thankfully) the real-life version going on the beat this year is a little bit tamer – and will be a multi-lingual droid which members of the public can use to contact police.

It’s part of a hi-tech makeover for Dubai which will also see flying drone taxis take to the skies later this year.

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The police robot used in Dubai is armed with face-recognition technology and will be used by members of the public to report crimes by pressing a button on its chest to talk to police.

People can also use it to pay traffic fines – and it can scan faces from up to 60ft away, part of a broader roll-out, which will see face-recognition cameras used in streetlights in the city state.

Brigadier Abdullah Bin Sultan of Dubai Police, told Gulf News: ‘We are looking to have more robots in future to handle policing.

‘By 2030, we are keen to make robots around 25 per cent of the total police force.

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