Dubai Police Testing Hoverbikes, We Almost All Have Body Cameras?
We can barely get our police forces equipped with body cams and Dubai cops are on hover drones? How did we let cop cool get so far away from us?
Dubai's police continue to rise and spin further into the future and make the world's authorities red with envy.
The Dubai Police have begun training crews to ride Hoversurf's S3 2019 Hoverbike, an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle capable of hovering above the ground and speeding forward. They're not unlike the speeder bikes seen in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
According to CNN, the Dubai Police has started training two crews to ride the Hoverbike as part of a "first responder unit used to access hard to reach areas."
Though the force only has one Hoverbike right now and hopes to have them ready for real use by 2020, Hoversurf insists it's ready to build upwards of 40 if the Dubai Police orders them.
The $150,000 Hoverbike is made of carbon fiber, but still weighs 253 pounds. It has four rotors for taking off vertically up to a recommended 16 feet off the ground, according to the company.
And it's fast, too. Hoversurf says the flying bike can cruise at a maximum 60 miles per hour. Flight time is not so long, though: only 10-25 minutes with a pilot. However, in drone mode without a pilot, the Hoverbike can fly for up to 40 minutes.