Technology is slowly taking over the world with how fast it’s developing every day.
Who knows, tomorrow AI technology will be taking over the world. I won’t be surprised, though. If you’re out and about at Jewel Changi, there’s a chance you’ll bump into this friendly (or not so if you’re a driver) robot.
New Traffic Enforcer
No, it’s not one of those guards in the neon jackets with their whistles. Instead, it’s an orange bot that catches drivers who park their cars at unauthorised areas.
So, a real-life Robocop.
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Here’s a video of how it works.
According to ROADS.sg, the robot is actually called RoboCop. How original.
It will go to an unauthorised parked car and point its camera towards it. Doesn’t sound menacing yet?
Next, it will flash a sign that has a ‘No Waiting Here’ warning message. If you think you can escape this robot and its camera, you’re wrong. And I strongly advise against it.
If a driver refuses to move from its spot, RoboCop will take a video and a picture of the car and its stubborn driver.
That’s really terrifying if you ask me. And I don’t even drive or own a car.
The robot has two different messages (or warnings), ‘No Waiting’ and ‘No Parking’. In the video, it has ‘A certis officer is on the way to this location.’
This is only after the driver in the video refused to move from his waiting spot, and his photo and video have been taken. Yikes. Can’t blame him, though. He probably did not know the implications of not moving until that happened.
Under Certis Cisco
It seems like the robot is currently under the operation of auxiliary police company Certis Cisco.
They said: “As part of our ongoing efforts to reimagine new concepts in advanced security operations, Certis has been conducting trials of its patrol robot in the past two weeks. The robot is fully autonomous, and encourages smooth traffic flow to allow passengers and airport visitors to have a great experience.”
That’s actually pretty cool but scary at the same time. Great experience for visitors but not drivers, at least.
Taking Away Jobs?
Of course, with technology, there comes a lot of talk about how humans are slowly going to get their jobs taken away from them.
Many people under the Facebook post have sparked the debate if we really should be supporting the development of RoboCop.
One user wrote, “This is a good thing. We’re living in the future. I’ll like to see more of this police enforcement robots in public hospitals, courts and other public and government buildings.”
While in rebuttal, someone asked if it was a good thing that humans are going to go jobless. Some argue that people don’t want these kinds of jobs anyways.
Some also argued that with the development of such technology, more people will have jobs as the workforce is changing every day.
In case you’re wondering where this robot is hiding most of the time, it’s at Jewel’s T1 departure drop off point.
Not that you should be hiding from it, of course.
Drive responsibly and don’t hog the road. And don’t anyhowly park, and you’ll be fine.
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