Three huge robots designed by women engineers are helping direct traffic in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The massive solar-powered machines were installed in Kinshasa on Tuesday, Agence France-Presse reported.
Each of the robots’ hands is fitted with traffic lights and they have cameras fitted into their chests to monitor traffic in the capital.
The information is fed in real-time to a traffic control room in the city.
The three robots were developed by Women’s Technology, a Congolese association of women engineers, and each cost £18,000.
The machines even have names – Mwaluke, Kisanga, and Tamuke.
They join two other robots, which have been helping control traffic in Kinshasa since 2013.
Therese Izay, the president of Women’s Technology, said the new machines react more quickly to moving traffic.
She added: “In our city, someone can commit an offence and run away, and say that no one saw him.
“But now, day or night, we’ll be able to see him in real time and he will pay his fine like in all the serious countries of the world.”
More than 2,000 people have died in traffic accidents in Kinshasa since 2007, AFP reported.
The city’s governor, Andre Kimbuta, said the new robots were no match for human officers.
“We should congratulate our Congolese engineers, but policemen also need to do their job,” he said.
Izay said she has now sent authorities a proposal for 30 more robots to watch over major roads across the country.
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