According to the New York police, the robotic dog Digidog will serve primarily in closed and less accessible areas. It will thus enter, for example, places where criminals or suspects have barricaded themselves.
According to the AP, Mayor Adams added that this should prevent cases where young police officers lose their lives in the line of duty. As a frightening example, he cited last year’s police raid in Harlem, in which officers Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora were killed.
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However, Digidog will only perform more or less reconnaissance tasks. It does not carry any weapon systems and does not have facial recognition software installed. However, it can transmit to the police stations through the camera.
The NYPD briefly used a similar system a few years ago, but ended the project amid criticism. However, according to Mayor Adams, now is the right time to bring Digidog back to life. “Technology is here with us and we cannot be afraid of it,” he added. Police officers will initially have two robotic dogs, which will be fully deployed this summer.
Tracking streets and cars
In addition to Digidog, two other technologies that will enter police services were presented at a press conference in Times Square. The first of these is the K5 ASR tracking robot, which is equipped with cameras and a sound system. It should patrol autonomously on designated routes and monitor the surroundings. If necessary, it can drive itself to the charging station and people will also be able to call the police through it.
The StarChase device will become the third assistant of the New York police officers. Through it, it is possible to place a GPS mark on the vehicle and thanks to it, the car can be found. This will eliminate the need to frantically chase the suspect vehicle, which poses a significant risk to both police officers and residents, especially in a populated urban environment.
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