Robot cars may still be a few years off, but South Dakota has robot cops. Attorney General Marty Jackley notes that a tactical robot helped scout and clear a Lake County house where police caught a thief on the run:
The technology used at the residence in Lake County was a remote operated tactical robot. The tactical robot is equipped with multiple cameras, a light, and 2 way communications with the ability to listen to surroundings. It was used in this incident to better understand the layout of the exterior of the residence by driving around it. This allows law enforcement to evaluate the structure from a safe location. The robot is equipped to knock on the residence door and then proceed to the interior where it successfully navigated through the residence giving law enforcement a real time look of the entire structure while having the ability to give it commands from a safe location.
The tactical robot did not locate the subject, but did provide officers with the necessary information to enter the structure safely. The subject was located in the residence and arrested without incident. The tactical robot was then used to clear additional spaces in the residence including the attic space.
The tactical robot was a joint law enforcement purchase by the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office, Sioux Falls Police Department and the Division of Criminal Investigation [Attorney General Marty Jackley, press release, 2017.08.07].
Next up, perhaps a robot Governor?