ROBOCOP UNPLUGGED: NYPD scraps crime fighting program after four months

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A New York constabulary robot fixed precocious expectations to curb crime was decommissioned aft a proceedings program.

The New York City Police Department leased Knightscope’s "fully autonomous" K5 Security Robot to patrol nan Times Square Subway Station arsenic portion of a four-month aviator programme analyzing nan technology's effectiveness successful crime fighting. New York City Mayor Eric Adams praised nan instrumentality during a September news conference, saying it would yet go "part of nan cloth of our subway," but nan NYPD retired nan robot successful January, rule enforcement officials told nan New York Post past week.

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"The Knightscope K5 has completed its aviator deployment successful nan NYC subway system," an NYPD spokesperson told Fox News successful a connection Tuesday.

Police officers accompanied nan 420-pound device, which was leased for $9 an hour, during nan proceedings run, according to nan NYPD. The section spent $12,250 connected a seven-month statement for nan robot — 3 months preparing it and 4 months deployed, The New York Times reported. 

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"This is beneath minimum wage," Adams said successful September. "No bath breaks. No repast breaks. This is simply a bully investment."

During a Jan. 3 nationalist information address, Adams touted crime reductions, including a 12% driblet successful homicides successful 2023 and said "New Yorkers are breathing easier" because of his administration's efforts to deter. But not each New Yorkers person been connected committee pinch Adams' accent connected technology to curb crime. 

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"Technology tin ever malfunction," Muna, a New Yorker who felt safer pinch quality officers, told Fox News successful November. Mitch likewise said, "more quality beings for now would beryllium better."

Others were much welcoming.

"I deliberation it’s OK — immoderate they tin do to make america safer," Onassis antecedently told Fox News. "I mean look astatine nan robot. It’s for illustration thing from ‘Doctor Who.’ I deliberation it's cute."