"Robocop" Debuting at the Singapore SummitMarie Donlon | November 14, 2018
To demonstrate its devotion to all things high-tech, Singapore has debuted a new member of its police force: an actual robotic police officer, or "robocop."
Just in time this week's Singapore Summit, the autonomous robot is walking the beat around a convention center that is playing host to 20 world leaders.
With a swiveling head and flashing lights, the currently unnamed white robot moves on four wheels and measures at about 5 ft tall.
Developed by the Singapore police department, the prototype transmits a 360° picture of its patrol area and navigates independently by following a pre-mapped route while avoiding obstacles.
Instead of inspiring fear in those passing by the unusual law enforcement agent, most people are amused, taking selfies with the robot as it traverses the perimeter of the convention center.