The magical kingdom of Dubai continues to surprise the world with their forward thinking, and the most desperate for attention, with the announcement that it plans to add quadcopter-style hoverbikes to its police fleet.
The police hoverbike was announced at GITEX, the biggest technology expo in the Gulf region. It is an electrically powered hoverbike that can fly a pilot at up to 70 km/h, with a programmed maximum height of 5 meters. The hoverbike can also fly unmanned with a top speed closer to 100 km/h and the range is in the 20-25 minutes, with a recharge time of around 3 hours, but the batteries are swappable to keep things in the air if necessary.
The idea of flying these hoverbikes, in the embryonic state that this tech is in, with a max flight load of 300 kgs and two-foot spinning propellers, over traffic or anywhere near people for fast response crime fighting … It seems vastly irresponsible that it's hard to believe a police force would have anything to do with it.
The Dubai Police pointed out that the initial deal is for prototypes to be tested in the future, with the department making plans for a drone division that will use manned and unmanned airframes for a variety of policing purposes.
Have a look at the video below to see the Hoversurf Scorpion in flight!