Social Distancing Robot Dogs Deployed in Singapore


(Dated:11-5-2020) Authorities in the Singapore have deployed a robot dog on May 8,2020 to help ensure that park visitors comply with social distancing measures The robot dog, controlled by a remote control, is called SPOT, and on Friday, it was first used in a central park in Singapore.

SPOT’s goal is to encourage social distancing during exercise periods. According to the government cybersecurity and technology agencies behind SPOT, the robot is safer than using human staff to control social distancing regulations. While patrolling the park, the dog issues a message in a female voice: “Let’s keep Singapore healthy. For your own safety and that of those around you, stay at least a meter away. Thank you”.

“This reduces the risk of exposure to the virus,” authorities said. “Unlike wheeled robots, SPOT works well on different terrains and can navigate obstacles effectively, making it ideal for operating in public parks and gardens.” SPOT is also equipped with cameras and analysis tools to estimate the number of people in the park. However, the camera tracks individuals or records personal data.

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