Singapore has deployed robots in public places to ‘detect’ bad (Covid) behaviors

  • In the future, it may also deploy robots to keep an eye out for rule breakers – in fact, Singapore has started testing a robot named Xavier, putting a couple of them to work by having them patrol and survey a public area with high foot traffic.
  • Those bad behaviors include the “congregation of more than five people,” which goes against its COVID-19 safety measures.
  • The Xavier robots will look for instances of smoking in prohibited areas and illegal hawking.
  • Officials believe these robots can help augment those surveillance measures further and reduce the need for officers to do physical patrols.