NYPD shows off its robot dog in action. We’ve already seen Boston Dynamics robots perform many, many feats and jobs of varying levels of complexity. And one of the busiest has been Spot.
This robot dog from Boston Dynamics already has several jobs on its CV dedicated to public service, from walking around the city checking pedestrians’ compliance with safety measures by COVID to being part of the Massachusetts State Police and the New York Police Department.
Boston Dynamics robot dog becomes a New York police officer
We have already seen last year that Boston Dynamics’ robot dogs were used in a pilot test in Singapore to monitor people’s compliance with sanitary measures when they are on the streets. And now there is a new initiative involving Spot and it has to do with the New York Police Department.
In a previous article, we told you that the NYPD’s robot dog, a modified Spot called Digidog, had already appeared on a police scene in Brooklyn.
And now, as mentioned in The Verge, the NYPD used this version of Spot again for a home invasion in the Bronx. You can see Digidog in his role as a cop in this video below.
For the moment, this addition of Boston Dynamic’s robot dog is only a trial, as they want to test whether its use in the field is useful. The idea is that Digidog becomes the eyes of the police in dangerous situations since thanks to its cameras it can monitor the scenes in real-time.
The small robot weighs about 30 kilograms and can climb stairs and run, if required by the situation, at about 5km/h approximately. It can also serve in key emergency moments as it integrates a loudspeaker and a siren.