Robots powered by artificial intelligence are designed to make human lives easier and to take some stress off people in labour-intensive environments.
Now, the Indian state of Goa known for its beautiful beaches and nightlife is trying out something new. Meet Aurus, an AI-based self-driving robot that will save lives across the tourist state's beaches.
How Aurus and Triton will save lives in Goa
Along with Aurus, an AI-based monitoring system Triton will be deployed to improve life-saving capabilities across Goa, a state-appointed lifeguard services agency called Drishti Marine representative told PTI.
Recently, incidents across Goan beaches have increased with spike in domestic and international tourists who flooded Goa's coastline after Covid-19 curbs eased.
In the past two years, more than 1,000 rescue incidents have been reported across the coastal belt, the Drishti Marine spokesperson said. This is where Aurus comes in with its self-driving capabilities. Its goal is to assist lifeguards by patrolling non-swim zones and alerting tourists during high tide.
With the robot, surveillance and crowd management is expected to get easier. Aurus is complemented by Triton, a AI-based monitoring system that, just like Aurus, will observe non-swim zones to alert tourists not only of the dangers but also notify lifeguards in case of a mishap.
Currently, Aurus is deployed at Miramar beach in North Goa, while Triton can be found at Baina, Velsao, Benaulim, Galgibag in South Goa and Morjim in North Goa, according to an agency official.
This year, about 100 Triton units and 10 Aurus robots are expected to deployed across beaches in Goa.