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'Do not loiter' Robots used to enforce social distancing

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 28/04/2020 Tom Livingstone

a white car parked in a parking lot: Robots are being used to enforce social distancing restrictions in Singapore in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus. © RTE News Robots are being used to enforce social distancing restrictions in Singapore in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Robots are being used to enforce social distancing restrictions in Singapore in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Singapore started using the O-R3 robot to warn people about keeping a safe distance from one another if out in public.

The robot was deployed yesterday and as people went about their business, it drew stares as it patrolled the footpaths, advising people if they were too close to one another.

"To help curb the spread of COVID-19, gatherings at this park are not allowed," an automated voice can be heard saying.

"Please practice safe distancing at all times and do not loiter at this park - stay safe, stay home."

a man riding a skateboard up the side of a road: Singapore started using the O-R3 robot out in public to warn people about keeping a safe distance from one another if out in public. © RTE News Singapore started using the O-R3 robot out in public to warn people about keeping a safe distance from one another if out in public. The talking, the remote-controlled machine was originally commissioned by the national water agency for security surveillance at reservoirs across the island but is now being used as a social distancing ambassador, according to Reuters.

O-R3 has batteries that last for one kilometre of travel, but since being repurposed, they will now be able to travel four kilometres before recharging.

It has a 360-degree camera that collects data that is sent to a base for human officers to review.

Singapore has recorded 14 deaths from COVID-19, with more than 14,400 confirmed cases of infection.

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