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Photos: Robots mount up for camel races

Qatar is replacing young human riders with mechanical jockeys to bring an ancient tradition into the 21st century.

Robots mount up for camel races

Criticized by human rights activists for the use of boy jockeys in camel races, some Persian Gulf states are moving to replace the human youths with robot riders. The jockey in red is a robot named Kamel from the Swiss company K-Team.

Credit: M. Salem/AFP/Getty Images

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Robots mount up for camel races

The dismounted robot after an April 2005 trial run in Qatar. The Associated Press reported that the mechanical jockey rode a camel for 1.5 miles at speeds up to 25 miles per hour.

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Robots mount up for camel races

By 2007, all camel racers in Qatar will be mechanical. This robot receives commands from a remote control up to a half-mile away that delivers four instructions: forward, backward, sideways and whip action, the AP reports.

Credit: M. Salem/AFP/Getty Images

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