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Bad Idea... NYC Replaced Subway Cops With Robots

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Looks like New York City’s Authorities wasted their money. NYC experimented with creating a fleet of robotic police, but it seems the single robo cop which was signed up for the test period patrolling the Times Square station is now permanently offline..

Some of the reader comments were great.

“So if I get robbed I gotta count on a damn Roomba vacuum to help me.”

“Someone falls on the tracks and can’t get up. K-5 just beeps and records them as the subway gets louder…”

“What an intimidating machine. I can imagine criminals are shaking in their boots now.”


From a 12 April 2023 article from arstechnica

“For active patrol work, the NYPD plans to deploy one Knightscope K5 robot. This is a 400-lb, 5-foot-tall wheeled robot that looks like a real-life giant R2-D2. The egg-shaped robot has no appendages and is mostly just a ball of sensors. It has a 360-degree camera system, a thermal camera, LiDAR, sonar, GPS, 16 microphones and speakers to play back pre-recorded or live messages. It can autonomously patrol an area, detect people, and recognize license plates and has facial recognition, though the NYPD claims facial recognition will not be used. As a wheeled robot, it can only access ADA-compliant areas via ramps.NYC is renting the robot for six months at a cost of $9 per hour. The robot will have a human partner for protection.”

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    • Josey Wales

      Put a garbage bag over it. or rope it and tie it to a concrete column. :evil: :lol: :lol: :lol: :wink: :wink:

    • kilroy

      Strip it down for the copper in the wires and the gold on the circuit board. Scrap the rest at market value.

    • TruthOnTV

      Even the Solenoid Robots from Roger Ramjet were more intimidating.

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