The wondrous city of Indore is proud of its achievements, and why not? Only recently, it came out as the cleanest city in a survey done by the government for Swachh Sarvekshan awards 2017. We are not surprised to find that the city has extended its hands to technological advancements as well for regulating traffic and better roads.
Indore has installed India’s first ever Traffic Police Robot. The 14-feet tall Robo cop mounted on a 5-feet high pedestal controls the movement of traffic at the busy intersection of MR 9. For now, the technology is working on an experimental basis to determine the functioning and efficiency on Indian roads.
The electronic robotvserves two purposes; the signal and the cop to control the on-road mayhem of traffic. It has security cameras installed and captures a photo whenever a vehicle breaks the signal. Cops sitting in the control room can watch traffic and the offenders by connecting through Wi-Fi to the robot. They have successfully been able to send challans to many traffic rule offenders.
The project to develop the technology and build a robot was undertaken confidentially by the city police and the Venkteshwar Institute of Technology in Indore. Two professors of this college, Rahul Tiwari and Aniruddh Sharma, have worked hard to turn this idea into reality.
Indore deputy inspector general of police (DIG), Harinarayanchari Mishra, informed,
This robot, which has been designed and manufactured by two professors of an engineering college of the city, — Prof Rahul Tiwari and Aniruddh Sharma — in the past two days since its installation, has been quite successful in controlling traffic in this locality, which most of the time remains chock and block in absence of traffic signals and traffic cop.
This technology is actively used in many other countries of the world, and now, India has joined the league, too. The movement of traffic in the city has been streamlined as the people seem quite obedient out of sheer awe or psychology of being watched by a giant robot.
Guess technology isn’t so scary.