The deputies of the SWAT team now practice by simulating intense situations like the ones they face while on duty. They refer to this robot training tool as ‘Mobot’, named after Sheriff Jerry Modena.
The robot is placed on a mobile base on which it travels around the firearms training range of the department by remote control similar to that used for toy planes or cars. The deputies train with Mobot by shooting live rounds with the robot moving around. The mobot is placed alongside a paper target or a mannequin at human height. In one of the training sessions the robot was made to move at a high speed towards a deputy in a zig-zag fashion and the deputy was required to shoot at it. The Mobot is capable of climbing hills and it moves at a speed of 15 mph over a range of 1000 feet. The robot can also shoot paint balls at deputies, thus increasing the pressure on the deputies during training.
Source: Andy Choi for AZ Robotics.