The four-legged robotic “canine” will patrol the world beginning this weekend and broadcast a pre-recorded message to guests to remind them of the significance of social distancing, authorities mentioned.
The machine may also be geared up with cameras that can scan the environment and assist officers estimate the variety of individuals gathering in parks, they mentioned.
The pilot undertaking is at present set to run in a restricted trial for 2 weeks at one park throughout off-peak hours. But when all goes properly, authorities will contemplate increasing this system.
Not way back, Singapore was being hailed as one of many international locations that had gotten its coronavirus response proper.
Because the state of affairs worsens, the federal government has more and more adopted expertise in its response.
In March, it launched a nationwide contact-tracing app that makes use of Bluetooth to assist customers discover out if they’d shut contact with somebody confirmed to have been contaminated.
The federal government says it is also utilizing Spot in one other capability — at a neighborhood isolation facility the place the robotic helps convey medication to sufferers.
Singapore’s authorities mentioned Friday that it had picked the mannequin for its agility. “Not like wheeled robots, Spot works properly throughout totally different terrains and may navigate obstacles successfully, making it preferrred for operation in public parks and gardens,” it famous.
For now, a minimum of one park ranger shall be patrolling the world together with the robotic, based on authorities.
— CNN’s James Griffiths contributed to this report.