See bot run!
The FDNY examined a new robot dog the division will use for search-and-rescue missions — providing a first glimpse of the four-legged firefighter, unique footage reveals.
Smoke eaters took the $75,000 robo-pooch named Spot — which may sniff out harmful gases and accumulate structural security knowledge — for a stroll up the steps of City Hall on Thursday.
Though the mechanical mutt has much less appeal than a firehouse Dalmatian, it’s constructed to gauge the integrity of smoldering constructions and descend deep underground after a fireplace or constructing collapse, the FDNY mentioned.
The division additionally showcased the intense yellow gadget to Mayor Eric Adams on Thursday, and officers are already being educated on the way to use it, based on the fireplace officers.
The division purchased two of the human-controlled robot K9s made by Boston Dynamics — the identical agency that leased the NYPD its since-scrapped robot dog final yr.
Last yr, critics howled that the NYPD’s mechanical pooch was an instance of dystopian “surveillance” and overly aggressive policing after footage of the system patrolling a housing complicated in the Bronx emerged.
The metropolis realized it might have been barking up the mistaken tree, and ended a contract with Boston Dynamics in April 2021.