IMAGINE the scene: three young motorcyclists have pulled up and parked on the pavement for a drink at a back street café. Trouble is, these punks didn’t realise they’d strayed onto the wrong patch, and they are about to get a pasting from *checks press release* Xavier…
I mean, have the people who built this thing never seen a sci-fi movie? You give your edgy law-maker a name that makes it sound like one of Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen’s kids! call it PC Buzzsaw or something like that! And then there is the design of the thing. The thing looks like the lovechild of quad bike and a bloody dishwasher!
Xavier is a four-wheeled box that features a touchscreen on the front and radar sensors and cameras on the top. The cameras can relay 360° images to a command centre and is also able to automatically alert the rozzers to a number of infringements. And it’s not just illegally parked motorcycles that this crime-fighting lump of wheeled white goods is trained to spot. Any undesirable and anti-social behaviour is this little robot’s specialist subject. That means peddlers, gatherings of five or more people, and even smokers need to beware.
For now, the four-wheeled crime fighter is just a test, although should the trial go well, it could become a regular feature on the mean streets of Singapore.
So, there we have it. Xavier the robot cop is here, and nothing can stop it – apart from stairs, kerbs, long grass, and being toppled over.