Far from being a dystopian Terminator, it is more of a large rolling machine covered with sensors.
The Knightscope K5 is coming to Times Square. Behind this name, a “robot police officer” who will make his first shifts in the New York subway, relate Vice. This large machine weighing around 200 kilos was enthusiastically presented by the city’s mayor on September 22.
“We take existing technology and put it on wheels,” summarized Eric Adams.
Concretely, the robot is supposed to patrol from midnight to 6 a.m. and film its environment. On the other hand, he will not yet be able to go to the platforms and will not use facial recognition, specifies the municipality.
“However, the K5 has a button that immediately connects you to a live person, which New Yorkers can use 24/7 to ask questions, concerns or report an incident if necessary” said Eric Adams.
He also specified that the robot was rented from its manufacturer for $9 per hour. “It’s below minimum wage. No bathroom breaks, no meal breaks,” Eric Adams told a journalist.
On the other hand, the robot will be accompanied by a police officer for the two months of its trial period. According to the manufacturer’s website, the Knightscope K5 includes cameras, Lidar, sonar and even microphones. Although police robots are booming in the United States, they have not yet demonstrated their effectiveness due to a lack of statistics. explains NBC News.
Thomas Leroy Journalist BFM Business
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