A US police force has deployed an egg-shaped robot to patrol a park, and Elon Musk is sceptical

CBS Miami/YouTubeHuntington’s new ‘Robocop.’
  • California’s Huntington Park police department has launched on an egg-shaped robot named Robocop.
  • The robot is equipped with 360-degree camera vision, which it can live-feed back to the department or record.
  • Elon Musk tweeted a gif of the Terminator in response to a story about the robot.
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A California police department has enlisted a robot to help patrol a park.

“Robocop” is a rolling, egg-shaped robot equipped with 360-degree high-definition vision. The robot was presented to Huntington Park City Council on Tuesday, CBS Los Angeles reports.

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Thus far the robot has been patrolling a park for a few weeks. It’s able to both feed live video back to the department and record video if needed, providing Huntington police with data which they say could be helpful in lowering crime rates. It can also say short phrases like “good day to you,” and has its own Twitter page.

While essentially a rolling CCTV camera, Robocop caught the eye of tech billionaire Elon Musk. Musk tweeted about the robot on Wednesday, comparing it to a less heroic film robot – Terminator.

Fortunately, Robocop seems ill-equipped to overthrow the human race. You can watch it in action here:

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