Ford has filed a patent application for a new type of robot. It is an autonomous vehicle designed for use on public roads. There it will track and punish, as far as possible, all kinds of offenders - a special police AI is responsible for their recognition.
Representatives of the company do not claim that they are ready to release a police robot on the roads in the near future, they only want to test the possibility of implementing this concept. Alas, it has already been proven that AI, although impartial in making decisions, is not at all as reliable as it seemed a decade earlier. Therefore, complete freedom of action for a police robotic vehicle is undesirable.
The patent describes a simple algorithm of actions: AI records the fact of an offense, identifies the culprit and performs “one or more actions” from a pre-drawn protocol. This includes issuing a fine, and autonomous pursuit, and calling a real police officer with the transfer of remote control of the car.
Can an AI police officer ram a terrorist car? Route an ambulance through the traffic jam? Distinguish an accidental collision with a curb from a deliberate parking in the wrong place? The information will come from the city's network of CCTV cameras, road sensors, police databases and from its own sensors. But on the basis of what, what judgments the AI will make decisions, is still a mystery.