Flying motorbikes: Dubai police to have flying bikes by 2020

UK startup Vertical Aerospace completed a test flight for its full scale eVTOL in June 2018 after the 750 kg prototype received flight permission from the Civil Aviation Authority

UK startup Vertical Aerospace completed a test flight for its full scale eVTOL in June 2018 after the 750 kg prototype received flight permission from the Civil Aviation Authority

The Dubai police also likes to have a shiny image, so it habitually uses extreme sports cars the likes of Aston Martin One-77, Bugatti Veyron, Lamborghini Aventador or Ferrari FF.

The flying motorbike is back in Dubai, and you could see the police riding one in the not-too-distant future.A year after California-based startup Hoversurf showcased its hoverbike at tech expo GITEX in the white and green livery of the Dubai police, the company has returned with a new model and evidence its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle might be, well, taking off.

Police in Dubai have started training officers to use a flying motorbike - the hoverbike - in the hope first responder units can reach hard areas.

Brigadier Khalid Al Razzouqi, Director of the Directorate General of Artificial Intelligence at Dubai said the capabilities of rapid response will be enhanced further with the flying bikes.

Dubai also has plans to introduce robots to its police force, unveiled previous year.

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Two officers have already begun their training with many more set to join them, a Gulf News report said. "If they would like 30 or 40, we'll make it happen for them", he explained. It is believed the bikes can reach speeds of 96 kilometres an hour and fly up to five metres above the ground.

Mr Alrazooqi told CNN: "Currently we have two crews already training (to pilot the hoverbike) and we're increasing the number". The police force has now received delivery of the first production unit of the S3 2019 Hoverbike.

Last year, Dubai launched a police robot that marked the first phase of a bold move to integrate robots among their officers.

Built with a carbon fiber body, the S3 uses 12.3 kWh batteries to power the four propellers located two at the front and two at the rear for up to 40 minutes in drone mode and 25 minutes with a pilot riding it.

As for consumers who might want in on the action, orders are open. With a price tag of $150,000 each, hoverbikes don't require a pilot's license to fly.

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