Dubai has deployed its first robot police officers – and says it’s aiming to have robots making up 25% of its police force by 2030.
For now, the robots – a specialised REEM device from PAL Robotics (pictured) – will patrol the city’s malls and tourist attractions, taking reports of crime and allowing humans to pay fines and get information via a touchscreen on the device’s chest, in either Arabic or English, reported The National.
Dubai police said that they plan to add other languages to the robot including Russian, Chinese, French and Spanish, and that the force is also working on adding voice control to the robots.
Brigadier Khalid Nasser Al Razouqi, general director of Dubai police’s Smart Services department, told Gulf News that “we are looking to make everything smart in Dubai police. By 2030 we will have the first smart police station which won’t require human employees.”