The New York Police Department bought a robot dog (Spot) from Boston Dynamics last year. The dog had to help the police in places where it was too dangerous to send police officers. However, the joy among the police personnel was short-lived as the dog is already being sent back to Boston Dynamics.
The purchase of the robot dog came under fire. Many citizens and organizations found the purchase irresponsible. American police organizations had to spend less money in the near future and the purchase of a $ 94,000 robot dog went wrong for many people. It also did not help that the use of the dog evoked negative associations among many citizens.
The assistant commissioner of the New York police said in an interview with ExtremeTech that people have put a malicious spin on it with all the negative comments. The robot dog would have been paid in full in August, but is now being returned early.
The NYPD’s robot dog, Digidog, in action
Source: Hardware Info Compleet by nl.hardware.info.
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