Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo has two robocops on patrol. Well, they are technically stationary, but they're still keeping pedestrians in the country's capital safer. The city of about 10 million people suffers from choking traffic, and the eight-foot-tall, aluminum and steel robots are installed at two, high-traffic intersections to regulate traffic flow.

The $15,000, solar-powered bots were installed in June 2013 and were engineered by a team of local engineers to withstand the country's sweltering heat. So far they have been deemed a complete success. Their arms act as traffic signals, while their chests display whether it is safe for walkers to cross the street. A speaker also says whether it is safe to cross. Surveillance cameras are also mounted in the shoulders in case anyone attempts to disobey the traffic automaton's will. "With the robots' policemen intelligence, the road safety in Kinshasa becomes very easy," said Vale Manga Wilma, president of the DRC's National Commission for Road Safety to CNN.

While giant, humanoid traffic signal robots sound like something more likely to come out of Japan than the Democratic Republic of Congo, they merge the functions of human traffic officers and signal lights which means more cops patrolling the streets. Scroll down to watch a video of the robots in action and see the public's reaction to the new additions to the police force.


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      MrMichael
      • 1 Year Ago
      I saw this story last week, and I still don't understand why a simple stop light with a crossing light attached won't work? Why did they have to come up with something way more complex and prone to break because of all the moving parts???
      rmt_1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Are they Autobots or Decepticons?
      James
      • 1 Year Ago
      Otherwise known as, a crosswalk signal. Haven't we had these things in the US for like 70 years already? And, I am sure these don't cost us $15K each.
      Jim R
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Democratic Republic of Congo is worried about traffic fatalities. That's cute. What about the widespread corruption in its government, is that not a concern? No, you say their government doesn't care about the widespread corruption or the horrendous oppression of its people? COLOR ME SHOCKED.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jim R
        Maybe that's the reason why they went to a Robocop. Because the human cops are more interested in shaking people down than clearing traffic.
        Basil Exposition
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jim R
        Jim R thinks he knows what's best for Congo. That's cute. Yes, let's ignore all public safety concerns until political corruption is eradicated. Jim R for president.
        Jobu
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jim R
        What about the widespread corruption and the oppression of OUR people here? Maybe we should clean up our own BS before passing judgement on others.... Just Sayin'
      Nathan
      • 1 Year Ago
      lol