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Dubai Police unveil self-driving miniature police cars

Dubai Police will be using autonomous miniature police cars to keep the streets safe.

The cops have announced plans to use the tiny cars - which are the size of a remote controlled car - to fight crime in busy areas, focusing on tourist hotspots.

Each car has a 360 degree camera and will be fitted with biometrics so the car is able to recognise faces and therefore track any criminals.

The cars will also be able to release a drone so any offenders could be tracked even if the car couldn't keep up.

Major-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, said: "Dubai Police are keen to get the latest technology to fight crime. We always search for the best technology to serve our police work for a safer and smarter city. We seek to augment operations with the help of technology such as robots. We aim for streets to be safe and peaceful even without heavy police patrol."

It comes after Dubai unveiled a series of robot cops, which aimed to increase police presence in the city.

The public can report any crimes using the touchscreen built into the robot's chest whilst it can also be used as a handy reference for tourists visiting the city as the robot can communicate in different languages.

Brigadier Al Razooqi, head of Smart Services at Dubai police, explained at the time: "It can recognise people in any area and identify suspicious objects and can track suspects. It has a drone and the user [police officer] needs to access the car through fingerprint. It will be deployed at tourist destinations in Dubai ... Our aim is to raise the number of robots to 25 percent of the police force by 2030."

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