Cops putting crims in spot of hover

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - World -

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s just a po­lice of­fi­cer on a hov­er­bike.

Dubai’s cops are train­ing on the hi-tech con­trap­tions, which they hope will help them reach dif­fi­cult areas more eas­ily. And the elec­tric hov­er­bikes could one day be pi­loted by robo­cops, with Dubai ea­ger to have ro­bots along­side reg­u­lar po­lice by 2030.

The float­ing crime fighters mark an­other ex­trav­a­gant ad­di­tion to the coun­try’s po­lice force, which al­ready counts a Fer­rari and Lam­borgh­ini among its crime­fight­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Po­lice could zip around as high as 4m off the ground astride 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 ve­hi­cles can be pi­loted for no longer than 25 min­utes be­fore their bat­ter­ies run flat.

“Cur­rently we have two crews al­ready train­ing and we’re in­creas­ing the num­ber,” Dubai Po­lice’s ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence depart­ment chief Bri­gadier Khalid Nasser Al­ra­zooqi said.

A Dubai

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