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Four-Hundred-Pound NYPD Robot Gets Tryout in Times Square Subway Station

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The K5 robot will be used by the police in the Times Square subway station in Manhattan, the citys busiest.

The K5 robot already is being used in hospitals, malls, airports, warehouses, and casinos.

Credit: Jefferson Siegel/The New York Times

The New York Police Department (NYPD) has deployed a nearly 400-pound "fully autonomous outdoor security robot" manufactured by security technology company Knightscope in Times Square's subway station as a test run.

The K5 robot uses four cameras to record video but not sound, and will not use facial recognition; it will spend 14 days mapping the station, accompanied by a human officer from midnight to 6 a.m.

The robot is expected to patrol the station's mezzanine after the test as a "mobile camera" that straphangers could use to summon help.

Knightscope said the weatherproof K5 travels at a maximum speed of three miles per hour, can provide high-definition recordings in 360 degrees, and issues audio messages.

Its deployment dovetails with New York City Mayor Eric Adams' push to enhance law enforcement with technology, though privacy advocates are doubtful.

From The New York Times
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