Xavier is the latest machine being used by Singapore cops to monitor streets since the outbreak of Covid-19.
It will be used to chase down people ignoring no-smoking zones, illegal hawkers, motorcycle or e-scooter riders on footpaths and gatherings that exceed the current limit on group sizes.
Xavier has a 360-degree field of vision, better suspension, facial recognition software, can see in the dark, and will be able to alert cops in real time. The robot is fitted with sensors so it can avoid objects and is programmed to follow a pre-configured patrol route. It has a two-way intercom so cops can respond to incidents remotely using Xavier’s two-ways intercom.
It is the first time an anonymous robot is being tested in a busy public area and is said to involve five public agencies involved in the project.