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Singapore’s employs a ‘Robodog’ to encourage socially distancing

Innovative response

Singapore have enlisted a roaming robotic dog, built by robotics company Boston Dynamics, in a two week trial to wander around a central park, which speaks to people in the park to encourage them to socially distance.

In a female voice, it says: "Let's keep Sinagpore healthy. For your own safety and for those around you, please stand at least one metre apart. Thank you".

Another robot has been deployed at a nearby reservoir to warn visitors "not to loiter" and that "gatherings are not allowed".

The dog, named Spot, can apparently better cross rough terrain in parks and gardens.

Specific issues addressed and anticipated impact

It is important to keep people socially distanced, especially in parks and other places of assembly. These robots will allow authorities to remind people to socially distance, without having to put valuable police or law enforcement workers in these potentially risky situations.

Organisations/institutions involved

NParks,  Smart Nation and Digital Government Group (SNDGG), Boston Dynamics

Issues being addressed:

  • Public service delivery under new circumstances

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Date Submitted:

13 May 2020

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