Directing traffic is an occasional part of an officer’s duty, and those who guide vehicles and pedestrians on a regular basis know how frustrating and downright dangerous it can be.
Located in Kinshasa, Congo, there is a new line of police officers that are demanding people to stop and take notice.
In order to tend to busy traffic routes and decrease financial costs in the African region, an innovative group at the Kinshasa Higher Institute of Applied Techniques has developed a robot that can perform like a traffic officer.
The robot can observe traffic flow and works as a stoplight, complete with go and stop signals. LED screen displays let pedestrians know when to walk or stop for traffic. It can even move its arms and swivel around.
Have a look at the officers in action and learn more about their impact on the local traffic.
The inventor of the concept, Isaie Therese, is part of the group who constructs the mechanisms, and the models are built by hand. They are solar powered and work day and night with back up solar charged battery packs.
There are currently a couple of the robots out in the workforce, which can be over 8 feet tall, hovering over the busy roadways below.
For those who think twice about obeying the ominous bots, there are 2 onboard cameras that record any violations and can also allocate tickets.
Reportedly, the traffic situations have improved with less congestion and most are obedient of the unique, always on duty officers.
There is concern that once the initial excitement of seeing the unusual traffic patrollers wears off, they will be less effective. The commanding robots are currently under somewhat of an experimental phase, sort of a preliminary occupational review. If they pass the probationary period and can prove to keep traffic on course and violators in check, we may all someday be staring up at Therese’s robotically engineered officers.
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