The world’s first robot cop car hunts bad guys with a drone

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  • Wednesday, 07 Jun 2017

A Singapore startup has built the world's first robot cop car that patrols with its very own drone to chase criminals. 

Weighing at just 80kg, the O-R3 robot car uses advanced machine learning algorithms powered by artificial intelligence and 3D localisation and mapping to help it navigate autonomously. 

This allows human security personnel to also monitor and guide the activities from both land and air using a control centre. 

The car's autonomous driving system relies on sensors such as Lidar, a light detection and ranging sensor that uses light as pulsed lasers to measure distance. 

This autonomous squad car is its own police officer. It runs with artificial intelligence powered by advanced machine learning algorithms and also comes with a drone to chase criminals. (Handout, only to be used with this dpa trends item. Photo credit to 'Otsaw Robotics / dpa' mandatory.) Photo: Otsaw Robotics
The squad car comes with its own drone to hunt down criminals. — dpa

And as you'd expect from a hi-tech car like this, the robocar is able to self-charge whenever its battery runs flat. 

Ling Ting Ming, digital chief at Otsaw, the company behind the car, says their product is designed to counter concerns about a growing reluctance among younger people to take up jobs as security guards. 

The company is hoping police and private security teams will be able to make use of the drone and squad car combination to expand on their crime prevention efforts. 

Cameras in the car are also able to capture and access a wide pool of data, such as faces and license plates to track intruders into Singapore's private complexes. 

Of course, the O-R3 system comes at a price, and for now, it doesn't cost much less than a human. 

This patrol cop, which made its debut at a Singapore communications fair in May, can be rented for a steep SG$10,000 (RM30,882) a month. — dpa

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