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With government-funded construction clogging roadways throughout Japan, traffic robots like this one have become increasingly common. Standing in the Tokyo restaurant supply district, this artificial policeman politely raises and lowers its arm to slow down approaching vehicles. Anzen Taro (Safety Sam), are full 3-D mock-ups of policemen so realistic that oncoming drivers can't tell them from the real thing. Although the makers of these machines describe their products as "robots," many engineers would not, because they do not respond to their environment and cannot be reprogrammed. Japan. From the book Robo sapiens: Evolution of a New Species, page 170-171.

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With government-funded construction clogging roadways throughout Japan, traffic robots like this one have become increasingly common. Standing in the Tokyo restaurant supply district, this artificial policeman politely raises and lowers its arm to slow down approaching vehicles. Anzen Taro (Safety Sam), are full 3-D mock-ups of policemen so realistic that oncoming drivers can't tell them from the real thing. Although the makers of these machines describe their products as "robots," many engineers would not, because they do not respond to their environment and cannot be reprogrammed. Japan. From the book Robo sapiens: Evolution of a New Species, page 170-171.