“Police Robot” to Prevent Violence in Traffic Stops


Police Robots will now be used to assists police forces when they do traffic stops in order to make the duty easier / Photo by: Highway Patrol Images via Wikimedia Commons


Robots are becoming more and more valuable to our daily lives as time goes by, and for a nonprofit research institute, the best way to make use of the value of robotics in human lives is to provide some that could help us make our roads a little safer.

As reported by Geek.com, this new police robot will be joining the ranks of robotic assistants and tech in assembly lines that are helpful to humans, since the prototype is seen as an alternative to traffic stops in the future and aims to “allow police officers to interact with a driver from their car.”

The police robot is not all talk, though, as the research institute also saw it fit to furnish the car with some good ‘ol spikes that it can deploy if the driver makes a break for it. Of course, these are relatively early stages, but its ultimate purpose is noble, especially when we look at the data.

Ruben Brewer, the senior robotics research engineer who made the robot, said that the robot is intended to help lessen violence that is inflicted by uniformed officers. If you think that those cases are surely isolated cases, data actually put 195,078 reports from motorists who said that when they were pulled over, violence was used against them.

What about the other 16 million times that others were also pulled over in a year? With his work at the SRI International’s Applied Technologies and Science Department (ATSD), Brewer added that the desire to minimize violence from both sides is the driving force behind the police robot.

“With such dangerous interactions between people, maybe it’s time to send a robot in between them, one that can’t hurt or be hurt,” he said.
So how will it work, exactly? Will the robot “act” as the police? Technically, it will only bring the officer in proximity to the driver via a camera mounted on the prototype and a printer that churns out the ticket. Brewer said that though this is still in its early stage, he is planning to add more features, such as “access to both driver and passenger windows” and even hope to give it “the ability to be operated from outside the police car via a mobile app.”