What Was New York’s New Robocop?

What was the robotic police officer in Times Square station doing?

April 2, 2024
A blue and white robot with NYPD written on it, behind an indoor barrier in the subway
The NYPD’s new robotic police officer watches passersby during its trial period at Times Square station. [Credit: Kohava Mendelsohn]

Meet the Knightscope K5: This “Robocop” completed a two-month trial period in New York City’s Times Square subway station from September to November of 2023, recording video and monitoring the station. But despite city officials promising its safety, people were understandably nervous about a robotic police officer.

The robot’s trial period has ended and the K5 will not be re-entering the subway system, but it still serves as an important window to the future of robots integrating into our society. 

In this podcast Kohava Mendelsohn talks to experts and ventures forth to visit the K5 herself in order to answer the questions: What was this robotic cop? What could it actually do? And how worried should we be about it?


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About the Author

Kohava Mendelsohn

Kohava is a science and technology writer from Toronto, Canada. She has an undergraduate degree in Robotics Engineering from the University of Toronto. She loves explaining math, science, and technology concepts to all ages and experiences level, and believes anyone can learn anything if it’s taught well.


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