Traffic Robots in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a home-made robotic traffic cop has become the ultimate answer to nagging traffic challenges in major cities in the country. Standing just under 2-and-half-meters, the robots were first installed in 2013 as a pilot study. Authorities quickly bought into the innovation, and these days, these A-I officers have become a common sight in the DRC.

Standing around 8 feet tall (not including the large concrete platform erected to hold the robots) and run by solar power They  cost $27,500 each, while the older prototypes cost $10,000 each. Women’s Technologies (Wotech), a Congolese co-op that employs both female and male engineers, created the bots. An entrepreneur named Thérèse Izay Kirongozi spearheaded the design.

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