LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — There’s an innovative crime-fighter in town.
A new robot set to patrol The Bloc in downtown Los Angeles will be armed with high-tech cameras designed to pick up video footage and information as it rolls through the mall. It’s the first of its kind in the City of Los Angeles, following implementation in other cities, including New York and Washington — where the robot ended up in a fountain.READ MORE: LA City Council To Consider Requiring COVID Vaccinations For Indoor Dining, Movie Theaters, Concerts, Gyms
Supporters say new sensors will prevent the robot from encountering a similar mishap at its L.A. home.
The Bloc General Manager Dan Cote says the robot isn’t meant to take away jobs but rather to enhance human security presence.READ MORE: OC School Board Votes To Sue Newsom Over Mask Rule For Students
“If this works well we may add another one in the future,” he said.
The bot is scheduled to report to work in two weeks.MORE NEWS: Paul Haney Charged In Stabbing Death Of Employee At Burbank Retirement Home
The Bloc is running a contest to name it. The winner will receive a $500 gift certificate.