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0 Comments | Nov 09, 2018

Dubai Police Training on Flying Motorbikes

Dubai Police Flying Motorbike

Image courtesy of CNN

Dubai police are known for being on the bleeding edge of technology, so it should come as no surprise that they’re now training to use flying motorbikes. This is, after all, the same city where the police force owns the Guinness World Record for the world’s fastest police car in service – a Bugatti Veyron – just one of 14 supercars in their fleet.

Dubai is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) and when you’re a police officer in the largest city in the country, you need to be able to travel from one end to the other on the easiest path possible.

With intentions introducing flying motorcycles into service by 2020, Dubai’s police force have already begun training their vertical take-offs, landings, and hovering.

Each vehicle is made by California-based startup Hoversurf, which last year came to an agreement with Dubai to supply the emirate with a fleet of flying vehicles. As of writing, the police force has acquired their first production unit with more on the way.

The general director of Dubai police’s artificial intelligence department, Brigadier Khalid Nasser Alrazooqi,¬†said the vehicle will be used in first-responder roles because of its ability to access hard-to-reach locations.

The 253-pound bike can reach a maximum speed of 60 m.p.h. and can fly at altitudes of up to 16 feet. Technology is still fairly limited by existing battery technology, so it can only stay airborne for 10-25 minutes with a pilot or up to 40 minutes in drone mode.

It takes 2.5 hours for the bikes to reach full charge, and each one will set Dubai back around $150,000.

If you have¬†$150,000 to spend on cool technology, civilians are also capable of purchasing their own hoverbike. While there’s no word on how, or if, hoverbikes obey normal laws and Traffic Signs, but Hoversurf’s bikes have already met Federal Aviation Administration guidelines – meaning a pilot’s license is not required to fly the vehicle.




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