Saturday, 29 March 2014

VIDEO: Female engineer invents traffic robocops

In honor of Women’s History month, comes a great story of a female engineer who invented robots to help control traffic and deal with police corruption in her country.

Thérèse Izay is an engineer from The Democratic Republic of Congo who also runs a women’s technology cooperative. She created robots, which not only help direct traffic, but also have cameras that are linked to a central computer to record violations, moving or otherwise. The robots are installed at two intersections in the DRC capital city of Kinshasa, a city of millions with a horrific traffic problem. It’s normal there for drivers to be stuck in traffic for hours. The city is also unfortunately notorious for its corrupt traffic police. Having robots helps lessen cops collecting bribes from drivers and pedestrians.

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