New York City’s busiest subway station has a new crew member: a nearly 400-pound robocop unveiled by New York City Mayor Eric Adams.
“We are committed to exploring innovative tools to continue to make this city the safest big city in America, and this K5 robot has the potential to serve as an important tool in our toolbox,” Adams said Friday by revealing the machine. .
The robot, a product of California-based autonomous security robot developer Knightscope, has four cameras it can use to shoot video and moves at 3 mph.
It will roam the Times Square – 42 Street subway station alongside a human agent for two weeks as part of a test from City Hall. After that, he is expected to patrol the station mezzanine for two months.
Crime is up in virtually every category in New York City compared to last year, statistics show, even though Adams has repeatedly claimed his campaign to solve the problem has been successful.
The robot, a product of autonomous security robot developer Knightscope, has four cameras it can use to record video without sound and moves at 3 mph (pictured today at the Times Square subway station)
New York City Mayor Eric Adams is pictured above with his new Robocop showcasing the machine at the Times Square subway station.
The machine – called K5 – will move around the metro station for two weeks alongside a human officer, from midnight to 6am.
At an average of $9 an hour, Adams said the cost of the robot was “below minimum wage.”
The robot – known as K5 – will roam the Times Square subway station from midnight to 6 a.m.
The robot is one of several ventures the city is undertaking using technology to fulfill Adams’ election pledge to reduce crime in the city.
The robot debuted in April alongside a robotic police dog that the department said would be used to navigate dangerous situations.
Adams said the robot has a license plate reader, but no real-time facial recognition capabilities, which concerns privacy advocates.
The robot has a button that can connect subway riders to a live person at any time if they have questions or to report an incident, Adams said.
Mayor Eric Adams ran his campaign promising to reduce crime in New York and believes robot recruits will be used to save lives and deter atrocities in the Big Apple.
However, New Yorkers aren’t on the same page as the mayor when it comes to unleashing robo-cops into the concrete jungle.
One resident shared his frustration with the new recruits on Twitter: “We want fully funded libraries and schools, not more expensive toys for the NYPD.” »
While other residents said the robots were “dystopian surveillance technologies”.
After that, he is expected to patrol the station’s mezzanine for two months and help subway riders who have questions or need to report an incident. The robot will not be on the metro platforms.
Crime in New York skyrocketed between 2020 and 2023. Eric Adams believes robots will help deter crime in the city.
The New York City Police Department released its annual crime report over the past year, revealing that numbers were up in virtually every category, despite the mayor’s recent claims.
The statistics paint a grim picture of the city’s efforts to combat crime that has exploded since the pandemic — although Adams has repeatedly claimed his campaign to address the problem has been successful.