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After a two-year suspension, Boston Dynamics’ four-legged Spot robot is back on duty with the New York Police Department.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams said this week that the city has acquired two of the machines, which the NYPD calls “Digidogs.” They will be used in assessing bomb threats or hostage situations and won’t be equipped with weapons.
During a 2021 tryout with the NYPD, the Digidog helped police deal with a home invasion in the Bronx. The machine’s onboard camera let police confirm that the suspects had fled the scene, without putting any officers in the line of fire.