Robot dogs patrol Singapore park to encourage social distancing

One of the creepy robots we warned you about last year is now patrolling a park in Singapore.

Created by Boston Dynamics, “Spot”— a robot dog which can run, unlock and open doors, pick itself up, operate in a variety of weather and challenging terrain and even dance — started patrolling the River Plains section of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park in Singapore on Friday, according to the Straits Times.

A handout photo released by the Government Technology Agency of Singapore of a four-legged robot named Spot patrolling the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio park.
A handout photo released by the Government Technology Agency of Singapore of a four-legged robot named Spot patrolling the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio park.EPA

As part of a two-week trial, the robot dog was fitted with cameras to patrol the park and broadcast a recorded message “reminding park visitors to observe safe distancing measures,” the paper reported. The government has assured people the dogs “will not be able to track or recognize specific individuals, neither will it collect any personal data.”

During the trial Spot is accompanied by a human officer and, if successful, the “dog” is up for deployment in other parks.

NParks is also deploying 30 drones to police parks and nature areas.

Spot is also “currently on trial at the Changi Exhibition Centre community isolation facility, which houses patients with mild symptoms, to help deliver essential items such as medicine to patients,” according to the Strait Times.