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Meet China’s First Robo Traffic Police

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Robo copby Kristin Houser, Futurism

We can now add one more initiative to the growing list of ways China is using tech to police its population.

On Wednesday, the Handan Public Security Bureau in Northern China deployed three types of traffic robots to assist human officers in the city. A report in state-run news agency Xinhua quotes Zhou Zuoying, deputy head of the Ministry of Public Security’s Traffic Management Research Institute, as saying the bots’ deployment marks China’s first use of “robot traffic police.”

Each of the three types of robots looks slightly different from the others and will serve a unique function, which the Global Times — another state-run outlet — detailed in its own report.

One type is a “road patrol robot” designed to look like a human traffic officer, with a yellow uniform and white hat. That bot is capable of identifying drivers and snapping photos of their illegal behavior.

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