The Witness - Wheels - - BIKING - ALWYN VILJOEN

THIS week’s most in­no­va­tive use of the wheel goes to the Scor­pion-3, by Rus­sian com­pany Hover­surf.

The com­pany this month suc­cess­fully demon­strated a pro­to­type at a test fa­cil­ity in Moscow, with a rider steer­ing the hov­er­craft be­tween the low beams and pil­lars of an un­der­ground park­ing garage.

Hover­surf said in a state­ment the Scor­pion can be con­trolled man­u­ally or au­tonomously like a drone, us­ing soft­ware de­vel­oped in-house. Hover­surf did not release any range or charge times for the elec­tric-pow­ered ve­hi­cle yet, but said it is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the po­ten­tial of us­ing a petrol en­gine to ex­tend the range. Hover­surf said the Scor­pion-3 will be aimed at ad­ven­ture and ex­treme sports en­thu­si­asts but added the real op­por­tu­nity is the market for cargo car­ry­ing drones. The com­pany al­ready sup­plies com­mer­cial drones used for mon­i­tor­ing pur­poses and car­ry­ing cargo over rough ter­rain, such as for Arc­tic and ter­rain re­con­nais­sance, ge­o­log­i­cal ex­plo­ration, de­liv­ery of equip­ment to re­mote or dan­ger­ous lo­ca­tions, and res­cue and evac­u­a­tion ser­vices. Some of its de­signs are ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing as much as 2 494 kg.


Only in Rus­sia — Hover­surf un­leashed its Scor­pion-3 hov­er­bike this week, which is a fear­some combination of food blender, drone and mo­tor­bike with a sur­pris­ingly sta­ble flight.

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