Roadeo – Pune’s First Robot Traffic Cop
In another unexpected yet extremely encouraging news, school kids from Pune have pushed our city into the great limelight once again!
With traffic being one of the most troublesome worries for Pune, these school children aim to combat it in their own way. A friendly and futuristic robot will patrol the streets, maintaining traffic discipline! His name is ‘Roadeo’ and he will function as a quasi-traffic policeman and caution commuters about traffic rules and offences.
Six school kids are responsible for this amazing invention. Students from classes VII and VIII – Aadi Kanchankar, Parth Kulkarni, Rachit Jain, Shourya Singh, Shruten Pande, and Vinayak Krishna have built him. The concept is a brainchild of city-based SP Robotics Maker Lab, which trains individuals to learn robotics and use the technology to build tech-based solutions.
As for the robot, it is equipped with a 16-inch LED display that will display a ticker of traffic rules and other important messages. Messages like ‘Do not break the traffic signal’ or ‘Wear a helmet’ will be triggered on the LED display screen. The robot’s hands will move and show stop signs to vehicles.
Roadeo also has a siren, skid-steering wheels and obstacle detection sensors, making it a state-of-the-art robotic development for our city. The school children worked with a team from Chennai, and finally ‘Roadeo’ was built. Sandeep Gautam, head at SP Robotics Maker Lab said that they will build more such robots if there is a visible demand in the city.
Another amazing development is that if Roadeo succeeds, he will be the first robot to be used by any traffic department in India. Then, more such robots will be designed in order to reduce the constant stress which understaffed traffic cops experience.
DCP Tejaswini Satpute has given the green signal and Roadeo is now on the streets. He can be seen in all the main chowks of the city. This has truly been one of the most outstanding things to have happened in Pune in recent times!