Boris’s bro’s Brexit exit
IS this the policing of the future?
The first pictures have emerged of Dubai police training on hoverbikes they claim will help first responders reach difficult areas more easily.
It marks another extravagant addition to the Middle Eastern country’s police force, which already has a Ferrari and Lamborghini among its crimefighting cars.
The robocoptors could be one day be piloted by robocops, with Dubai eager to have robots alongside regular police by 2030.
Consumers could order a hoverbike but it would set them back about $206,000.
Hoversurf – a Russianowned company based in California – has gifted Dubai’s police its first serial production of the electric vertical takeoff landing (eVTOL) vehicles after a deal was signed last year.
The company’s chief operating officer Joseph SeguraConn said the force could order as many of the hoverbikes as it wanted.
“They’re going to let us know in the next month or two if they’d like any more ... if they would like 30 or 40, we’ll make it happen for them,” Mr SeguraConn said, according to CNN.
Police could zip around as high as 4m off the ground on the 115kg Hoversurf S3, which can reach a maximum speed of about 100km/h.
But they better hope they’re not caught up in any lengthy pursuits. The futuristic vehicle can be piloted for no longer than 25 minutes, though they can operate for up to 40 minutes if used as a drone.
The Hoversurf S3 is yet anand other extravagant addition to Dubai’s police force.
Last year, Dubai launched a police robot that marked the first phase of a bold move to integrate robots among their officers. The country hopes robocops could make up 25 per cent of its police force by 2030.
The REEM robot can settle fines, send video to a police operating centre, forward reports and even speak nine languages. JO Johnson, the younger brother of Boris, has resigned from British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Government over Brexit – the issue his brother had made his own.
The younger Johnson also called for another referendum to avoid the chaos he said Mrs May’s Brexit plans would unleash.
Quitting as a junior transport minister, Jo Johnson called Mrs May’s Brexit plans “delusional” and said he could not vote for the deal she is expected to unveil in Parliament within weeks.
AIRBORNE POLICE: A Dubai police officer trains on a flying motorbike ahead of planned launch of the vehicles in 2020.