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DR Congo turns to robots to police traffic

TRAFFIC ROBOCOP:The solar-powered robot is the brainchild of a cooperative for female engineers, who plan to show their creation at international trade fairs

AFP, KINSHASA

A sophisticated electronic detection system tells them when pedestrians are waiting to cross a street. Cameras built into its eyes and its shoulders provide constant video footage of traffic flow.

“When the robot captures images, they are sent over the Internet to a center where they are stored and could be used to prosecute people who have committed offences,” said video surveillance expert Claude Diasuka, who is part of the project.

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However, pointing to money raked in by Western countries for driving offences, Kirongozi said such a system here could guarantee earnings for communities that want to invest in the robots.

In Kinshasa alone, “we have identified 600 dangerous intersections and complicated places” where robots could be put to work, she said.

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