N.Y.C. — The NYPD is upgrading to cutting-edge technology.
New York City’s police department is adopting robots.
On Tuesday morning, Times Square was the scene of an announcement delivered by Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell and Mayor Eric Adams.
StarChase, a mobile robot named Digidog, and the K5 Autonomous Security Robot are just a few of the innovative technologies available.
StarChase is a device that uses a GPS tag to track down evading cars. The car can be followed by the app at that point. New York’s police force is banking on this technology to reduce the number of high-risk car pursuits on the city’s busy streets. There will be a trial run for this for 90 days.
The NYPD’s Technical Assistance & Response Section will employ the divisive “Digidog.” They are operated remotely and are designed to aid police in gathering intelligence in dangerous situations.
The maximum speed of the Digidog is 3.5 miles per hour, and it can carry 70 pounds. It has been deemed “excellent for hostage talks, barricaded individuals, hazardous chemical/radiation zones, and other dangerous occurrences” by law enforcement.
The Digidog features two-way communication and is adaptable to a wide range of sensors. The first of their deployments will begin this summer.
The NYPD has stated that the Digidog will never be armed.
The K5 ASR has finally been released. In limited public locations like transit stations, this huge, egg-shaped robot “will give additional video coverage.” As part of a seven-month experimental program, it will spend the night working alongside a human inside the Times Square subway station.
NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell: “Over its history, the NYPD has harnessed the newest available technology and pioneered ways to conduct our essential work safely and effectively.”
“We have always prioritized the security of the general public and law enforcement officers by making use of the most cutting-edge equipment available.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) must once more rise to the challenge of meeting and exceeding the public’s highest expectations for safety.
However, we want to be clear that the introduction of these technologies will be open, consistent, and conducted in close partnership with the people we serve at all times.
These resources will help us greatly in our effort to reduce crime and increase public safety.”
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