The addition of hover bikes to the Dubai Police’s already impressive fleet of vehicles has placed it at the top of the list of tech savvy police forces.
The hover bikes can rise up to four metres off the ground and reach a maximum speed of 100km/h. The vehicle can operate for 25 minutes when flown by a pilot and 40 minutes if used as a drone.
Officers of the force are being trained to fly the hover bikes. The bike will allow the police to access difficult areas. “We are aiming to have them in action by 2020,” said Khalid Al Razooqi, the general director of the Dubai Police. “Currently we have two crews already training and we’re increasing the number,” he told CNN.
Hoversurf is a Russian company in the USA that gifted its first serial production of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles to the Dubai Police under a deal signed last year.
Previously, the Dubai Police introduced RoboCops that could patrol malls and roads and speak multiple languages. It also had a tablet fitted in its chest which residents could use to report crimes. Dubai plans to introduce a smart police station by 2030 which will be operated by police bots.
They also have self-driving cars for surveillance that look like large toy electric buggies and are equipped with a 360-degree cameras that uses facial recognition to ‘scan for wanted criminals and undesirables’.