The City of New York and the New York Police Department (NYPD) on Friday launched the Knightscope K5 security robot service at a press conference in a Manhattan subway station with the support of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
This is according to a press release by Knightscope, the robot’s maker.
The autonomous machine will now be trained, configured, and set up using protocols throughout the course of its first two weeks patrolling the busy subway, after which it will continue to conduct safety checks between the hours of 12:00am and 6:00am every day.
A revolutionary pilot program
“Today we are launching a pilot program to test the Knightscope K5 security robot,” said Mayor Eric Adams, City of New York. “The NYPD must be on the forefront of technology and be two steps ahead of those utilizing technology to hurt New Yorkers.”