It looks like attempts to sneak across the border into Britain could quickly become a scuffle of humans versus the machines, as the country’s border guards have now recruited some robots usually worn in warzones to help core out people wearisome to smuggle themselves into the country. Developing by BAE Systems, the so-called “Hero” bots are equipped with searchlights and high-resolution videotape cameras that let it hunt the inside and undersides of vehicles, and they could potentially be outfitted with heartbeat detectors as well, or even sensors to discover element, biological, radiological or nuclear materials being smuggled into the country. While it’s apparently only been tested in one site so far, the Border Agency seems to be all but sold on the bot, and it’s now looking at rolling ‘em out to other locations in the country. No word if they have any procedure to employ BAE’s spider bots, though.
BAE Systems present Special robots for British border guards