Dutch police test robot dog with artificial intelligence to raid drug labs

By: Vlad Cherevko | 09.06.2024, 15:45
Dutch police test robot dog with artificial intelligence to raid drug labs

Dutch police are innovating their work by testing an autonomous robot dog with artificial intelligence for use in raids on drug labs. The move aims to protect police officers from criminal risks, explosive substances and chemical threats.

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The robot, developed by Boston Dynamics and named Spot, is capable of independently inspecting premises, mapping the area and detecting dangerous chemicals. During initial tests, Spot demonstrated the ability to explore and map a 15 by 20 metre mock-up of a drug lab, successfully finding and moving hazardous substances into a designated container.

The robot is equipped with additional modules and cameras to enable laser scanning, visual, thermal, radiation and acoustic monitoring. During tasks, Spot's combined arm and gripper gives it the ability to lift and move objects weighing up to 6.8kg and drag objects weighing up to 22.6kg, whereas most robots only have simple grippers, if at all.

Using Spot in a real-world environment will allow police to operate from a safe distance, minimising risks to officers. The robot can be equipped with cameras, radio transmitters and other tactical reconnaissance equipment. These technological advances open up new opportunities for police forces in the fight against drug crime, ensuring a high level of safety and efficiency in operations.

Source: Boston Dynamics, Interesting Engineering