LOS ANGELES, June 17 (Xinhua) -- A small city neighboring Los Angeles on Monday announced it will introduce a robot police to monitor public areas.
The device, dubbed "HP RobotCop", is "an autonomous data machine that is meant to serve outdoors," the local KTLA news channel reported.
It will use 360-degree HD video footage to "act as an extra set of eyes and monitor areas such as parks, city buildings and corridors where police might not have the time to consistently patrol," it said.
The report said the tool in the local police's arsenal will be unveiled Tuesday in the city hall of Huntington Park, a 50,000-resident city located 10 km south of Los Angeles downtown.
A video posted online by the KTLA showed the "HP RoboCop", which looks like a small space capsule, rolling down a sidewalk, making electronic sounds and at one point even saying, "Good day to you."
The "HP RoboCop" already has its own Twitter account, @HPRoboCop.
Mayor Karina Macias was quoted by the KTLA as saying that he is very excited that the city can officially call on "HP RoboCop" to help police officers patrol the city and he is a big fan of the cute robot.