Dubai Police Force Adds Self-Driving Robo-Car to Arsenal

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【Summary】The O-R3 self-driving robotic car can “scan for undesirables” and even comes with a built-in drone to follow targets.

Original Vineeth Joel Patel    Jul 09, 2017 9:00 AM PT
Dubai Police Force Adds Self-Driving Robo-Car to Arsenal

The Dubai Police Force is already home to some of the most powerful and exotic supercars on the planet. And while no one in their right mind would try to outrun a bonafide supercar, the vehicles aren't used for pursuit, but to garner attention for the department. Now the police force is adding a new addition to its fleet, but it's a little different from the rest of its lineup. 

Dubai Continues To Go Autonomous

According to a report by Gulf News, the Dubai Police Force will add the world's first driverless miniature police vehicle to its lineup that will be added before the end of the year. The vehicle, which is called the O-R3 will be about the same size of a child's electric toy car, claims Gulf News, and are built by OTSAW Digital, a Singapore-based company. 

The O-R3s will feature biometric software that, as the outlet points out, will be able to "scan for wanted criminals and undesirables who are suspected or are breaking laws." The autonomous vehicles will be used to patrol various areas of the city in an effort to increase security efforts and used to sniff out peculiar activity without putting an individual's life in danger. 

In addition to having software that can scan for potentially dangerous situations, the machines will also be fitted with their own drone. Every O-R3 comes with its own drone that can be launched via a rear sleeve, claims Gulf News, which can be monitored by the Dubai Police Force. 

The unveiling of the autonomous fleet of machines is part of Dubai's Smart Dubai initiative that hopes to make Dubai the "happiest city on earth." While that's a bold goal, starting by making the city safe with autonomous vehicles is a step in the right direction. 

"Dubai Police are keen to get the latest technology to fight crime," said Maj-Gen Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police Force. "We always search for the best technology to serve our police work for a safer and smarter city. We seek to augment operations with the help of technology such as robots. We aim for streets to be safe and peaceful even without heavy police patrol." 

Police Aren't The Only Ones Going Autonomous

Autonomous robo-cars aren't the only pieces of advanced technology Dubai will be getting in the near future, as the city also has plans involving autonomous drones. The city's Roads and Transportation Authority recently announced that it had conducted a test using autonomous drones that were capable of ferrying passengers above the city's traffic. The plan is to have an autonomous taxi service available to the public this summer. 

That's not all. 2getthere is planning to deliver the world's largest automated vehicle system to the city, as it was recently awarded a contract to the Dutch technology firm earlier this March.  

Clearly, Dubai is a leader when it comes to high-tech vehicles and now, the city will also become one of the first locations in the world to actually use autonomous machines regularly. 

via: Gulf News

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