China has deployed a team of 5G-powered patrolling robots to take the body temperature of pedestrians in a bid to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.
The androids blast out messages to remind passers-by to wash their hands and wear face masks, and will alert police at once if they spot anyone who fails to don a mask, according to state media.
The self-driving machines have been spotted at airports and shopping malls in the cities of Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xi’an and Guiyang.
The district of Huangpu in Guangzhou is the first area in China to have used the patrolling robots.
Each of them is equipped with five high-resolution cameras and an infrared thermometer, the local government said on its official social media account.
They can record the body temperatures of passers-by within a radius of five metres (16.4 feet).
A pre-recorded audio clip is played on loop and reminds residents to ‘wear a face mask while going out, wash hands frequently, avoid gathering up and voluntarily assist to have your body temperature taken’.