“Dead or alive, you’re coming with me.”
If you happen to be travelling through Africa anytime soon, you might start hearing that line in real life.
It turns out RoboCop, your favourite iron-clad officer, has been keeping the peace all the way in the Democratic Republic of Congo this whole time! Since drivers in the country are known to disregard traffic laws pretty routinely, the government has employed giant, solar-powered robots to keep the roads running smoothly. The aluminum bots, made to withstand even the hottest African temperatures, come equipped with green and red lights that regulate the flow of traffic. But they also feature rotating chests and surveillance cameras that can snap and send photos of offenders to the nearest police station.
The country has had two of these robots directing its traffic flow since 2013, but three new models were just installed this week. Surprisingly, they’ve been a hit with drivers.
“There are certain drivers who don’t respect the traffic police. But with the robot it will be different. We should respect the robot,” taxi driver Poro Zidane told AFP.
Damn right you should:
The new models, which will all be setup in the capital city of Kinshasa, even have names: Tamuke, Mwaluke and Kisanga. And while they lack guns or firepower, they each cost about $23,000.
If RoboCop taught us anything though, it’s that you can’t put a price on justice.