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Robot dog enforces social distancing in Singapore park

Sports Desk |
Update: 2020-05-11 7:26:07 PM
Robot dog enforces social distancing in Singapore park
A robot dog

A robot dog is patrolling one of Singapore's parks as part of coronavirus-related trial.

The machine - made by US-based Boston Dynamics - is fitted with a camera to monitor how busy Bishan-Ang Moh Kio Park becomes.

It also carries a loudspeaker to broadcast social-distancing messages.

The robot fitted with cameras will help estimate the number of visitors to the park. 

Singapore’s National Parks Board (NParks) says it won’t collect personal data or use the video to identify individuals. Spot is remotely controlled, but it has built-in sensors to stop collisions and will be accompanied by a guide. NParks says the robot could be deployed full-time during peak hours in the park.

Using the robot will reduce the need for staff to patrol the grounds, says NParks, and it “lowers the risk of exposure to the virus.

Source: BBC

BDST: 1925 HRS, MAY 11, 2020

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