Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo has 2 robocops on patrol. Well, they are technically stationary, but they are still retaining pedestrians in the country’;s capital safer. The city of about 10 million folks suffers from choking site visitors, and the 8-foot-tall, aluminum and steel robots are set up at 2, high-site visitors intersections to regulate targeted traffic flow.
The $ 15,000, solar-powered bots have been put in in June 2013 and have been engineered by a team of nearby engineers to withstand the country’;s sweltering heat. So far they have been deemed a full success. Their arms act as traffic signals, while their chests show whether it is risk-free for walkers to cross the street. A speaker also says whether or not it is safe to cross. Surveillance cameras are also mounted in the shoulders in case any individual attempts to disobey the site visitors automaton’;s will. “With the robots’; policemen intelligence, the road safety in Kinshasa gets very straightforward,” said Vale Manga Wilma, president of the DRC’;s National Commission for Road Security to CNN.
Although giant, humanoid targeted traffic signal robots sound like anything far more most likely to come out of Japan than the Democratic Republic of Congo, they merge the functions of human site visitors officers and signal lights which implies more cops patrolling the streets. Scroll down to view a video of the robots in action and see the public’;s reaction to the new additions to the police force.