Boston Dynamics' Spot Is Patrolling A Singapore Park To Encourage Social Distancing
May 10 2020
The robots, named Spot, will reportedly be patrolling gardens and nature reserves managed by National Parks Board and at parks managed by Singapore town councils.
"Let's keep Singapore healthy", sounds a recording from the robot as it trots by two terrified people relaxing on a park bench in the above video.
Starting from today, Spot unit will begin patrolling the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park which is based on a two weeks trial whereby the robot will be making a prerecorded broadcast message which goes as "to remind park visitors to observe safe distancing measures".
The pilot trial is together conducted by NParks, and the Smart Nation and Digital Government Group (SNDGG).
The robotic dog will be equipped with cameras that will scan the surroundings and help government officials estimate the number of people gathering in parks.
Spot is now deployed in the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park and equipped with cameras and built-in sensors that help it walk without colliding into anything. The government has assured people the dogs "will not be able to track or recognize specific individuals, neither will it collect any personal data".
If the trial proves successful, NParks will consider deploying Spot for safe distancing efforts at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park in the morning and during evening peak-hours. So, if you think that one can re-enact all those tests that Boston Dynamics did on Spot at the park though, well...no chance at all.
The robot is fitted with safety sensors to detect objects and people within 1m to avoid collision.
Using a robot to patrol has the advantage of not exposing manpower required for park patrols to the virus. This implementation involved broadcasting a pre-recorded audio message as Spot patrol the park.