Singapore using robot ‘dog’ to enforce social distancing
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Singapore has begun using a four-legged robot “dog” to patrol a park and remind people of social distancing, the government announced in a press release Friday.
The black-and-yellow robot, named Spot, plays a recording in English that says, “Let’s keep Singapore healthy. For your own safety and for those around you, please stand at least one meter apart. Thank you.”
Singaporean newspaper Straits Times shared video on Instagram of this unique K9 unit on patrol Friday.
Spot, built by Boston Dynamics, will be covering an almost two-mile stretch of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park in the heart of Singapore, according to the release. Its initial trial will run for two weeks before it’s brought in for performance review.
Dogs aren’t known for their great vision, but Spot is outfitted with cameras and sensors to avoid running into people or objects.
“These cameras will not be able to track and/or recognise specific individuals, and no personal data will be collected,” the Singaporean government said in the release.
Singapore was initially lauded internationally for its coronavirus response after registering only about 200 confirmed cases, but a second wave of the virus has seen more than 20,000 people test positive, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins.
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