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Robot Dogs Join NYPD

• By Alicia Powe

The four-legged robot, "Digidog," will "save lives," NYC Mayor Eric Adams announced during a press conference.

The remote-controlled robot, also known as "Spot," is manufactured by Hyundai-owned Boston Dynamics.

The $75,000 robot dog is designed to perform inspections in dangerous areas and monitor construction sites and is touted by Boston Dynamics as a public safety tool.

Spot can also sniff out dangerous gasses and collect structural safety data, the New York Post reports.

The bright yellow gadget was first leased in 2020 by former NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, but the city's contract for the device was abandoned in April 2021 after it was derided by critics as creepy and an example of dystopian "surveillance."

The 70-pound Digidog will be deployed to assist law enforcement officials in risky situations like hostage standoffs and bomb threats this summer, Adams told reporters.