Solar Powered RoboCops Control Traffic In Kinshasa, Congo
There are RoboCops in Congo. Literally. In Kinshasa, the capital city of Congo, two large robots have replaced police officers in directing traffic and pedestrians. Standing 8 feet tall, the solar-powered robots are equipped with multiple cameras, opening the potential for monitoring traffic and issuing tickets.
“If a driver says that it is not going to respect the robot because it’s just a machine the robot is going to take that and there will be a ticket for him,” Isaie Therese, the engineer behind the project told CCTV Africa.
“We are a poor country and our government is looking for money. And I will tell you that with the roads the government has built, it needs to recover its money,” she added.
Commuter Demouto Mutombo told CCTV Africa through an interpreter: “As a motorcyclist I’m very happy with the robot’s work. Because when the traffic police control the cars here there’s still a lot of traffic. But since the robot arrived, we see truly that the commuters are respectful.”