Singapore robocops patrol for smokers and pandemic rule-breakers

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Wealthy Singapore has long been known as a tightly-run city-state where dissent and disobedience are rare. While authorities have only had to resort to one 6-week lockdown since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, rigorous testing and tracing as well as public caution has meant even as curbs have been relaxed, the renowned local blend of control and compliance has not. Even so, the government said on Sunday it would trial the use of robots, codenamed “Xavier,” which are to “patrol and survey a public area with high foot traffic to augment the work of public officers in enhancing public heal…

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