A city in Congo has come up with a pretty novel solution to traffic congestion: massive, nightmarish robots.

Kinshasa, Congo's Capital, has installed two giant robotic contraptions to direct traffic in the place of police officers.

The robots are reminiscent of 'Marvin the Paranoid Android' from the original Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy series, but apparently are proving quite effective.

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The Washington Post reports that the solar-powered robots are equipped with cameras, and are commanding the respect of local people.

"If a driver says that it is not going to respect the robot because it’s just a machine the robot is going to take that and there will be a ticket for him," said Isaie Therese, one of the engineers behind the idea.

Take a look at more pictures of the robot below.

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  • Robot Traffic Warden

    TO GO WITH STORY BY KATHY KATAYI AND JUNIOR KANNAH This picture taken on January 22, 2014 shows a traffic robot cop on Triomphal boulevard of Kinshasa at the crossing of Asosa, Huileries and Patrice Lubumba streets. Two human-like robots were recently installed here to help tackle the hectic traffic usually experienced in the area. The prototypes are equipped with four cameras that allow them to record traffic flow, the information is then transmitted to a center where traffic infractions can be analyzed. The team behind the new robots are a group of Congolese engineers based at the Kinshasa Higher Institute of Applied Technique, known by its French acronym, ISTA. AFP PHOTO / JUNIOR D. KANNAH (Photo credit should read Junior D. Kannah/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Robot Traffic Warden

    TO GO WITH STORY BY KATHY KATAYI AND JUNIOR KANNAH This picture taken on January 22, 2014 shows a traffic robot cop on Triomphal boulevard of Kinshasa at the crossing of Asosa, Huileries and Patrice Lubumba streets. Two human-like robots were recently installed here to help tackle the hectic traffic usually experienced in the area. The prototypes are equipped with four cameras that allow them to record traffic flow, the information is then transmitted to a center where traffic infractions can be analyzed. The team behind the new robots are a group of Congolese engineers based at the Kinshasa Higher Institute of Applied Technique, known by its French acronym, ISTA. AFP PHOTO / JUNIOR D. KANNAH (Photo credit should read Junior D. Kannah/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Robot Traffic Warden

    TO GO WITH STORY BY KATHY KATAYI AND JUNIOR KANNAH This picture taken on January 22, 2014 shows Therese Inza , president of the Women Ingeneers in the Democratic Republic of Congo ' Women technologies', poses in her office with a piece of a traffic robot cop in Kinshasa. Two human-like robots were recently installed here to help tackle the hectic traffic usually experienced in the area. The prototypes are equipped with four cameras that allow them to record traffic flow, the information is then transmitted to a center where traffic infractions can be analyzed. The team behind the new robots are a group of Congolese engineers based at the Kinshasa Higher Institute of Applied Technique, known by its French acronym, ISTA. AFP PHOTO / JUNIOR D. KANNAH (Photo credit should read Junior D. Kannah/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Robot Traffic Warden

    TO GO WITH STORY BY KATHY KATAYI AND JUNIOR KANNAH This picture taken on January 22, 2014 shows Therese Inza , president of the Women Ingeneers in the Democratic Republic of Congo ' Women technologies', stands under a traffic robot cop on Triomphal boulevard of Kinshasa at the crossing of Asosa, Huileries and Patrice Lubumba streets. Two human-like robots were recently installed here to help tackle the hectic traffic usually experienced in the area. The prototypes are equipped with four cameras that allow them to record traffic flow, the information is then transmitted to a center where traffic infractions can be analyzed. The team behind the new robots are a group of Congolese engineers based at the Kinshasa Higher Institute of Applied Technique, known by its French acronym, ISTA. AFP PHOTO / JUNIOR D. KANNAH (Photo credit should read Junior D. Kannah/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Robot Traffic Warden

    TO GO WITH STORY BY KATHY KATAYI AND JUNIOR KANNAH This picture taken on January 22, 2014 shows a traffic robot cop on Triomphal boulevard of Kinshasa at the crossing of Asosa, Huileries and Patrice Lubumba streets. Two human-like robots were recently installed here to help tackle the hectic traffic usually experienced in the area. The prototypes are equipped with four cameras that allow them to record traffic flow, the information is then transmitted to a center where traffic infractions can be analyzed. The team behind the new robots are a group of Congolese engineers based at the Kinshasa Higher Institute of Applied Technique, known by its French acronym, ISTA. AFP PHOTO / JUNIOR D. KANNAH (Photo credit should read Junior D. Kannah/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Robot Traffic Warden

    TO GO WITH STORY BY KATHY KATAYI AND JUNIOR KANNAH This picture taken on January 22, 2014 shows a traffic robot cop on Triomphal boulevard of Kinshasa at the crossing of Asosa, Huileries and Patrice Lubumba streets. Two human-like robots were recently installed here to help tackle the hectic traffic usually experienced in the area. The prototypes are equipped with four cameras that allow them to record traffic flow, the information is then transmitted to a center where traffic infractions can be analyzed. The team behind the new robots are a group of Congolese engineers based at the Kinshasa Higher Institute of Applied Technique, known by its French acronym, ISTA. AFP PHOTO / JUNIOR D. KANNAH (Photo credit should read Junior D. Kannah/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Robot Traffic Warden

    TO GO WITH STORY BY KATHY KATAYI AND JUNIOR KANNAH This picture taken on January 22, 2014 shows a traffic robot cop on Triomphal boulevard of Kinshasa at the crossing of Asosa, Huileries and Patrice Lubumba streets. Two human-like robots were recently installed here to help tackle the hectic traffic usually experienced in the area. The prototypes are equipped with four cameras that allow them to record traffic flow, the information is then transmitted to a center where traffic infractions can be analyzed. The team behind the new robots are a group of Congolese engineers based at the Kinshasa Higher Institute of Applied Technique, known by its French acronym, ISTA. AFP PHOTO / JUNIOR D. KANNAH (Photo credit should read Junior D. Kannah/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Robot Traffic Warden

    TO GO WITH STORY BY KATHY KATAYI AND JUNIOR KANNAH This picture taken on January 22, 2014 shows a traffic robot cop on Triomphal boulevard of Kinshasa at the crossing of Asosa, Huileries and Patrice Lubumba streets. Two human-like robots were recently installed here to help tackle the hectic traffic usually experienced in the area. The prototypes are equipped with four cameras that allow them to record traffic flow, the information is then transmitted to a center where traffic infractions can be analyzed. The team behind the new robots are a group of Congolese engineers based at the Kinshasa Higher Institute of Applied Technique, known by its French acronym, ISTA. AFP PHOTO / JUNIOR D. KANNAH (Photo credit should read Junior D. Kannah/AFP/Getty Images)

  • TO GO WITH STORY BY KATHY KATAYI AND JUNIOR KANNAH This picture taken on January 21, 2014 shows a traffic robot cop on Triomphal boulevard of Kinshasa at the crossing of Asosa, Huileries and Patrice Lubumba streets. Two human-like robots were recently installed here to help tackle the hectic traffic usually experienced in the area. The prototypes are equipped with four cameras that allow them to record traffic flow, the information is then transmitted to a center where traffic infractions can be analyzed. The team behind the new robots are a group of Congolese engineers based at the Kinshasa Higher Institute of Applied Technique, known by its French acronym, ISTA. AFP PHOTO / JUNIOR D. KANNAH