It might not have a soul or emotion, but the Los Angeles Police Department's latest toy, a Remotec Inc. "Telehandler," could probably give Robocop a run for his money.
The robot, essentially a Caterpillar mega-fork-lift that can be operated remotely, was delivered this week to the LAPD for use by SWAT, hazardous-materials teams and, ostensibly, the department's bomb squad. The robo-machine is described as having a one mile range for remote operation, a fork-lift reach of 40 to 50 feet, and a lift capacity of 12,000 pounds.
A demonstration video shows the mean, black machine grabbing a car from a few dozen feet away and pulling into the air in its sharp craws like Godzilla.
The machine is Remotec's first heavy-duty robot.
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"Remotec is delivering innovative, integrated solutions that reduce the dangers of dealing with some of the most serious threats facing first responders, enabling them to keep that danger at a distance," stated Mike Knopp, president of Remotec Inc.