RoboCop! Automated machine gently scolds park-goers for failing to adhere to social distancing

RoboCop! Automated machine gently scolds park-goers for failing to adhere to social distancing

Daily Mail·2020-04-29 14:42

Singapore had deployed a social distancing robot that patrols a popular park and gently scolds people who are breaking the rules.   The self-driving, autonomous vehicle known as O-R3, patrols the Bedok Reservoir Park in the eastern part of Singapore.Blasting messages out of its speaker the robot can be heard saying: 'To curb the spread of COVID-19, gatherings at this park are not allowed.'Please practice safe distancing at all times and do not loiter at this park. Stay safe, stay home.'As of Wednesday morning, Singapore has 14,951 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 14 people have died.  The self-driving, autonomous vehicle known as O-R3, patrols the Bedok Reservoir Park in the eastern part of Singapore O-R3 features facial recognition sensors and a high-definition 360-degree camera and a battery that allows it to travel four kilometres before recharging. Its cameras continuously record its patrol route and can identify people who break social distancing restrictions. O-R3 was created by robotics company, Otsaw, which has offices in Singapore and California. It was acquired by PUB, Singapore's National Water Agency in 2019 to survey plants and reservoirs while providing a safe environment for people in the park. The robot has since been repurposed to monitor social distancing restrictions. As of Wednesday morning, Singapore has 14,951 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 14 people have died (pictured: People wearing protective masks in Singapore)People can also report suspicious activity through the robot which will contact police and request assistance.   'Thanks to O-R3, our officers now have a trusty side-kick in their efforts to make our plants more secure and our reservoirs a safer place for everyone,' PUB said in a Facebook post.  Singapore has one of the highest infection rates of coronavirus in Asia. The vast majority of new cases come from South Asian workers living in cramped dormitories that house over 300,000 people.

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