DARPA is developing a new military-grade robot called RoboCop that can help protect troops, police, and civilians in real-time.
The robot is being developed by DARPA, a branch of the U.S. Department of Defense, and is being made in partnership with the Los Angeles Police Department.
The first RoboCop prototype will be tested in an emergency situation and deployed in the field.
According to DARPA’s Robotic Research and Development Center, RoboCop is designed to “prevent human error, combat deception, and help prevent the inadvertent use of human force by enemy agents.”
The DARPA website also notes that the RoboCop robot will “act autonomously and not rely on any external power source to control itself.”
The robot can also use sensors to “read and understand the environment.”
The project is part of DARPA-funded efforts to make robotics better at detecting and reacting to human action.
DARPA says that the goal of RoboCop will be to “assist and augment human-level agents with a human-like intelligence to quickly and accurately react to an impending threat and to prevent the use of force.”
RoboCop can detect when a threat is approaching from behind and to react accordingly.
In addition, RoboCooper is being built to “provide the necessary intelligence to safely execute a variety of scenarios.”
According to the website, Robo Coopers “provides an automated method for conducting surveillance and intelligence collection in real time,” “providing an intuitive interface for remote access to the system, and provides a powerful capability for a single operator to rapidly and accurately perform the tasks of the entire team.”
The RoboCop project was first announced in March 2016.
The project received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and was started with $150,000.
The U.K.-based robotics company, which is also responsible for the Robocop vehicle, said that the project was designed to help “support and enhance the effectiveness of the UK’s policing and national security operations.”
According, the RoboCoopers “are designed to be self-contained, easy to operate, and can be configured with different cameras and sensors to detect and respond to specific threats and opportunities in realtime.”
The agency says that RoboCoop can also detect when an enemy is approaching, “as well as automatically initiate responses to protect and defend from hostile action.”
According the project website, “The RoboCooperative robot will be an effective tool for supporting the UK in its fight against terrorist threat, while being able to detect threats in the future, and also provide an integrated, multi-functional solution for a wide range of operational tasks.”
The Robocops project has received $8.8 million in funding from DARPA.