Dubai Police to Ride 'Star Wars' Style Hoverbikes

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The force (see what I did there?) unveiled its new Hoversurf Scorpion craft at the Gitex Technology Week conference, according to UAE English language publication Gulf News.

The bike, built by a Russian company called Hoversurf, is like a ridable drone, complete with four propellers that give it stable lift and allow it to perform some basic, but impressive maneuvers with a fully-geared pilot on board.

First Sergeant Ali Ahmad Mohammad informed Gulf News, "The bike can also fly without a passenger and can go up to six kilometers". The drone bike can travel 62 miles per hour without a passenger and fly as fast as 43.5 miles per hour with a pilot. Under the announced plans, by 2030 a quarter of the workforce of Dubai police will be replaced by robots. However, they can reach altitudes of 16 feet and can last 25 minutes on a single charge, reports Autoblog.

As per the Facebook page of Hoversurf CEO Alexander Atamanov, the company has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Dubai Police and has been invited to mass produce the vehicle in the Dubai area.

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Director of the smart services department at Dubai police, Brigadier Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, said the force was introducing a smart electric motorbike with multiple cameras to capture reckless drivers and small driverless robotic vehicles equipped with biometric software.

While the idea sounds impressive, let's not forget that Dubai has a reputation for such publicity stunts to attract more tourists. "It has cameras and will be linked to the command room". Other than that, 3D-printed buildings, hovertaxis and Mars stimulation city are also an addition to the cutting-edge technology in Dubai.

Dubai Police has chose to add the flying bike to its growing list of cutting-edge gadgets to its patrolling fleet, all part of its "smart city" plans. Dubai is already home to water jetpacks used for firefighting and a real life Robocop, but next-level technology permeates every area of life.

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