By 2020, the Dubai police force is set to be equipped with airborne motorbikes that can fly above traffic jams. A number of videos currently circulating on the Internet show officers learning to use hoverbikes – flying electrical machines which are capable of vertical take-off and landing.
According to a video which can be seen on the BFMTV website, the Dubai police force is training on flying motorbikes, with officers practising how to fly the latest version of the S3 Hoverbike which is set to be officially commissioned by 2020.
The machines, which look as if they have come straight out of a science fiction film, are being produced by California-based firm Hoversurf, whose Hoverbike was first unveiled at GITEX 2017 – the main Middle-Eastern innovation technology trade fair. The device, which looks like a motorbike mounted on drones, caused quite a sensation, in particular with the Dubai police force which ordered a number of them.
Flying at speeds of up to 100 km/h
The S3 Hoverbike is fitted with four horizontal blades which enable it to take off and land vertically like a helicopter. It can reach speeds of 100 km/h at an altitude of up to five metres above ground. For reasons of security, users are not allowed to fly any higher.
While this all seems very impressive, the S3 Hoverbike has only limited autonomy. It weighs in at some 114 kilogrammes, meaning that it can only fly for 25 minutes with a pilot. This can be extended to 40 minutes if the device is used as a drone and remotely controlled by an operator.
Avoiding traffic jams
Flying motorbikes of this kind will enable police officers to carry out their tasks more easily in cities that are regularly beset by traffic jams, and they will also have a bird’s-eye view of all of the other vehicles down below. "In the coming months, they are intending to let us know whether they will be requiring more vehicles," Hoversurf CEO Joseph Segura-Conn said to CNN. "If they want 30 or 40, we would be happy to supply them."
Dubai is buying the vehicles at a price of 150,000 US dollars each (a little over 130,000 euros), and the emirate already has a great deal in the way of cutting-edge technologies for security, including a robot police officer that is currently being tested. Should results prove satisfactory, the police force is looking to have 25% of its number made up of unarmed robots by 2030.
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