Cops putting crims in spot of hover
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.