Duke students invent robot cop for traffic stops

The robot enables police to stay in their patrol car while interacting with drivers


By PoliceOne Staff

DURHAM, N.C. — Two Duke University students invented a “robot cop” designed to change the way police officers conduct traffic stops. 

Vaibhav Tadepalli and Chris Reyes told WRAL that the “Sentinel” deploys from the officer’s cruiser and drives itself to the window of the civilian's car. Police interact with the driver through a television screen. 

The students said the robot records video and will populate data as the driver and officer are interacting, such as the make and model of the vehicle and its license plate number. 

The data is then transferred to the officer’s laptop.

Vaibhav and Reyes told the news station they hope to make Sentinel more cost-efficient than other law enforcement robots.    

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