When the first robot police officer to enter Dubai service?

Dubai Police is set to put its first robot into service next year, it was announced on Monday. The brief announcement was tweeted by Dubai Media Office as part of GITEX Technology Week in Dubai.

The tweet gave no further details but earlier this year it was reported that Dubai Police are planning to introduce robots and artificial intelligence to the force within four years. “Robots could do the work of a police officer on the ground at certain situations,” Colonel Khalid Razooqi, General Director of Smart Department Dubai Police was quoted as saying in June.

Fully Autonomous’ Robocops Will be Policing The “Smart City” in Dubai
Fully Autonomous’ Robocops Will be Policing The “Smart City” in Dubai

Robots would be the latest high-tech move by Dubai Police which said last year that patrol officers had issued over 60 fines using Google Glass since the technology was introduced. The gadget allows officers to identify road users who have outstanding warrants through the number plates. In July, Dubai launched a new initiative which aims to bring together top international companies and entrepreneurs to enable the rapid deployment of “transformative technologies” across the city.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of Dubai Executive Council, launched the Dubai Future Accelerators. The initiative will include the application of cutting edge technologies like AI and robotics, genomics, 3D printing, biomimicry and biotechnology.

Sources: QGN, Gulf Agencies, Arabian News, BBC, Reuters.