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Singapore robot enforces safe distancing among park-goers

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Published on May 8, 2020 - Duration: 00:37s

Singapore robot enforces safe distancing among park-goers

Singapore unveiled a four-legged canine-like robot on Friday (May 8) to remind park goers to maintain social distancing.

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Singapore robot enforces safe distancing among park-goers

The robot, named "Spot," could be seen patrolling Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park on Friday afternoon as part of a two week trial-run held by the National Parks Board and the Smart Nation and Digital Government Group, according to an official press release from National Parks.

Spot, who was developed by Boston Dynamics, is being deployed to "reduce the manpower required for park patrols and minimize contact among staff".

Spot is equipped with cameras and censors to help it estimate the number of visitors at the park, and occasionally makes announcements via a speaker reminding people to "stand at least one metre apart".

For now, Spot is remote-controlled, but its developers hope that it will achieve full autonomy in the future.

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