The long arm of the law looks set to become the electronic arm of the law, as China introduces robot police in a bid to control crowds.
Rolled out for Golden Week the first time the Darlek looking robot officers have been used by authorities to control the huge crowds appearing at national holiday events.
The robot officers come equipped with state-of-the-art facial recognition software that can sense danger – as well as an extendable electroshock arm. Easy to identify with police insignia the robots were seen patrolling busy areas.
The robots come with a range of phrases suiting their enforcement roles.
“please queue in an orderly fashion and cooperate with security inspections.”
“Please produce your identification documents and do not push or shove,” it adds.
This was the first time the bots had been used by Chinese police for crowd control, and the machines were trialled through the week-long national holidays known as “Golden Week”.
More friendly looking versions of the robots have already been used at major Chinese airports, where their artificial intelligence can help visitors with flight information and gate numbers according to local media.