China’s first robot police start working in the city of Handa

by Dhiram Shah

China’s first batch of traffic robot police started working in Handan, North China’s Hebei Province. The Handan Public Security Bureau announced the use of three types of traffic robot police in a ceremony on Wednesday. Equipped with intelligent cameras, the robots can spot traffic violations, give offenders verbal warnings, and take photos of incidents. The robots are developed using big data, artificial intelligence and cloud computing and laser-based navigation.

The road patrol robot, which resembles a traffic police officer in a yellow uniform and white hat, can identify drivers and take photos of drivers’ illegal behavior through its automatic navigation system, and remind jaywalkers in Putonghua.

The customer service robot is designed to provide information and answer questions from the public at vehicle registration centers. The robot automatically reports security risks and suspects to police.

The small, portable, remote-controlled traffic robots can help manage the scene at a road accident by giving visual and audible directions to passing drivers. The robots will have more functions on vehicle management and traffic management, and will be on duty 24/7. In recent years, more high-tech innovations have been applied in the police’s daily work in China.

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