Costing US$15,000 (S$18,960), the solar-powered bots were installed in June last year and were engineered by a team of local engineers to withstand the country's sweltering heat. Their arms act as traffic signals, while their chests display whether it is safe for walkers to cross the street. A speaker also says whether it is safe to cross. Surveillance cameras are also mounted in the shoulders in case anyone attempts to disobey traffic rules.
While giant, humanoid traffic signal robots sound like something more likely to come out of Japan than the Democratic Republic of Congo, they merge the functions of human traffic officers and signal lights which means more cops patrolling the streets. Watch the robots in action below and see the public's reaction to the new additions to the police force.
These may well be the closest to real-life Transformers as of now. Don't you think so?