A notorious runaway robot – that has escaped from its lab twice – has been arrested by police at a political rally.
Promobot was supporting Russian Parliament candidate Valery Kalachev in Moscow when authorities attempted to handcuff it and take it away.
It is believed that the arrest occurred after a member of public called police as Promobots were recording the opinions of voters on a variety of topics “for further processing and analysis by the candidate’s team.”
A company spokesman told Inverse magazine: “Police asked to remove the robot away from the crowded area, and even tried to handcuff him.
“According to eyewitnesses, the robot did not put up any resistance.”
The robot has hit the headlines in the past, when it escaped from its lab and walked out into oncoming traffic – twice.
It caused chaos on the streets after getting halfway across the road before its batteries ran out, leaving it stranded in the middle of the carriageway.
The robot was on the road outside the research lab for more than an hour as vehicles tried to manoeuvre their way around it.
Promobot – short for Promotional Robot – is a unique robot created by Russian scientists and is designed to work in customer relations.
It is designed to interact with humans realistically, and can answer questions and remember every person it has ever met.