In proof that we are inching ever closer to a Robocop scenario, the New York Police Department have been filmed using a robot dog at a crime scene in the city.
The robot dog, named “Digidog” was filmed yesterday on the streets of New York by local videographer Daniel Valls who described it as “creepy”.
NYPD says the robot dog, made by robotics company Boston Dynamics, is currently being deployed in a “test phase”. The robot is fitted with lights and cameras so officers can see what it is seeing.
Digidog, who was originally named “Spot” by Boston Dynamics before being renamed by the NYPD, was seen walking down East 227th Street. The robot dog , which can climb stairs, was then sent inside a building in the Bronx and investigate an area for a hostage situation. The dog unfortunately did not find anyone.
Digidog weighs 70 pounds, can climb over obstacles and run at approximately three-and-a-half miles per hour.
This isn’t the first time the NYPD have been filmed using the robot. In October 2020 Digidog was filmed assisting the police to tracked down a gunman in Brooklyn.
And later in Queens, Digidog was deployed in a hostage situation where two armed men were holding five hostages in a home. The police strapped food to the robot canine’s back and it was able to take the food to the hostages, minimising danger to the police.
UPDATE: May 2021
The New York mayor has cancelled the Robot Dog trial. A City spokesperson says: “It’s creepy, alienating, and sends the wrong message to New Yorkers.”