Dubai Debuts Robocop

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Dubai Debuts Robocop

It's not unusual to be pulled over by a Lamborghini or a Ferrari police car in Dubai.

It's a place where nothing's too over the top.

So it's not surprising the police force's latest recruit is robotic.

One of its first gigs was guarding the world's tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa, as tourists and locals snapped selfies with it.

Reporting a crime is as easy as tapping on the computer touch screen on the officer's err, chest.

And if you're disputing a speeding ticket, that's also just a tap away.

But wanted crooks are on notice - it's equipped with a camera that sends live images back to the police station.

At 5"5 tall and weighing 100 kilograms, this is one robot cop that's hard to miss and he (she?) certainly won't be the last.

"Our aim is to raise the number of robots to 25 percent of the police force by 2030," said Brigadier Khaled al-Razzooqi, from Dubai police.

Speaking six languages and programmed to read facial expressions, this computerised cop will be deployed mainly at tourist attractions like the Burj.

But chances are for now, robocop is likely to be a tourist attraction itself.