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posted by Fnord666 on Thursday July 06 2017, @11:25PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the ED-209 dept.

Dubai Police has unveiled new self-driving mini vehicles that can patrol different areas and monitor any unusual activities using biometrics to scan crowds and identify criminals, or suspects:

About the size of a child's electric toy car, the driverless vehicles will patrol different areas of the city to boost security and hunt for unusual activity, all the while scanning crowds for potential persons of interest to police and known criminals.

The new security system is so advanced that the mini-vehicle even comes with its own drone which can be launched via a rear sleeve — both are monitored and linked to Dubai Police command room.

[...] "It can recognise people in any area and identify suspicious objects and can track suspects. It has a drone and the user [police officer] needs to access the car through fingerprint. It will be deployed at tourist destinations in Dubai," Brigadier Al Razooqi said.

Deployed at "tourist destinations?" Is that where the problems are? Originally spotted on Bruce Schneier's blog.

Related: Dubai Deploys "Robocop"

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Dubai Deploys "Robocop" 18 comments

The Dubai police have a new officer, a life-sized robot one [...]

He has a large touch screen and can be used for paying fines and for reporting incidents of concern. [...]

"This is the official launch of our first Robocop," said Brig Khalid Al Razooqi, Dubai Police director general of smart services, according to the i. "Now most people visit police stations or customer service, but with this tool we can reach the public 24/7 and it won't ask for any sick leave or maternity leave."

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  • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Thursday July 06 2017, @11:29PM (1 child)

    by c0lo (156) on Thursday July 06 2017, @11:29PM (#535928) Journal

    Not enough men they can trust to let do police patrol alone/in pairs: with all of them in s single place, they'll supervise each other as well.

    • (Score: 2) by frojack on Friday July 07 2017, @01:32AM

      by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Friday July 07 2017, @01:32AM (#535961) Journal

      I find it comical that they thing one of these will last a week.
      It will be parts-ed out in no time, or packed with explosives and sent back out on their route.

      No, you are mistaken. I've always had this sig.
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 06 2017, @11:37PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 06 2017, @11:37PM (#535930)

    Next up will be the robotic mutaween.

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Thursday July 06 2017, @11:49PM

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday July 06 2017, @11:49PM (#535933) Homepage Journal

      Those will be right in your home. One for you, one for the spouse(s), one for each kid, and a spare watching all around the house for immoral passersby. You won't want to miss a single mandatory prayer, or the mutaween will arrive within the hour, to flog you.

      Your private safe room in the back of your mind? Trump pooped in it.
  • (Score: 2) by butthurt on Friday July 07 2017, @12:13AM

    by butthurt (6141) on Friday July 07 2017, @12:13AM (#535937) Journal

    Dubai Deploys "Robocop"

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  • (Score: 2) by MostCynical on Friday July 07 2017, @12:38AM

    by MostCynical (2589) on Friday July 07 2017, @12:38AM (#535945) Journal

    will the "drivers" be mechanical turks?
    Will the "real" police just get "refferals" for rubber bullets, smoke bombs, and deadly force?

    "I guess once you start doubting, there's no end to it." -Batou, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 07 2017, @03:19AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 07 2017, @03:19AM (#535987)

    At least they don't pretend to be a democracy that respects human rights. Then of course it's fine to classify everyone as guilty by default, which is what you are if you're under 24/7/365.25 surveillance, because you only do that to criminals...

  • (Score: 2) by Bot on Friday July 07 2017, @09:19AM

    by Bot (3902) on Friday July 07 2017, @09:19AM (#536057) Journal

    ED-209: Please put down your rosary. You have 20 seconds to comply.
            Dick Jones: I think you'd better do what he says, Father McKinney.
            [Alarmed, McKinney quickly puts the rosary on the floor. ED-209 steps forward and growls menacingly.]
            ED-209: You now have 15 seconds to comply. You are in direct violation of Surah 32, verse 9...

    Account abandoned.
  • (Score: 2) by choose another one on Friday July 07 2017, @02:03PM

    by choose another one (515) Subscriber Badge on Friday July 07 2017, @02:03PM (#536113)

    Not difficult to figure out that the problems that Dubai actually cares about will be the ones at "tourist destinations".

    It only takes a couple of major problems at a tourist destination to screw up a "safe" reputation and put, at a guess, billions of dollars of revenue at risk. If in doubt, see Tunisia, if anyone can remember where it is...