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Singapore Trials Patrol Robots to Deter Bad Social Behavior


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autonomous robot Xavier on patrol

Autonomous robot Xavier patrols a neighborhood mall to detect "undesirable social behaviors."

Credit: Edgar Su / Reuters

Singapore's Home Team Science and Technology Agency announced that a three-week trial will use robot patrols of public areas with high foot traffic in central Singapore to curb poor social behavior, such as ignoring COVID-19 safety measures, smoking in prohibited areas, or improperly parking bicycles.

Two robots, named Xavier, are outfitted with cameras and can send real-time alerts to a command-and-control center. The robots will conduct surveillance and display messages on proper behavior.

"The deployment of Xavier will support the work of public officers as it will reduce the manpower required for foot patrols and improve operation efficiency," the agency said.

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