Dubai seems to be the perfect testing ground for the latest breakthroughs in technology. There, real estate developers plan to build underwater villas, authorities are looking into hover taxis, Robocops are roaming the streets and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid is laying the basis for a technology hub. So, it’s no wonder that the cops there are thinking about chasing criminals on hoverbikes #objectmagic
At Gulf Information Technology Exposition (GITEX), the police in Dubai revealed that they’ve been working with Hoversurf to develop custom hoverbikes for their daily duties. The police vehicles look very similar to the Scorpion-3 model from Hoversurf but can fly 16 feet in the air, travel at 43mph (70 kph) and function for 25 minutes on a charge.
Although the rotor blades are pretty menacing, something tells us criminals won’t be as terrified by the sight of a hoverbike as cops hope. In cars that can pass 60 mph easily, they shouldn’t have trouble leaving authorities behind. But to reach a traffic jam in time or a car accident, these vehicles are more than enough.
According to ABC, these hoverbikes are not the only vehicles set to strengthen the police department in Dubai. There’s also a smart e-bike that can spot reckless drivers and a driverless vehicle equipped with biometric software that can quietly keep track of suspects during city patrols. “It will be deployed at tourist destinations in Dubai. It has cameras and will be linked to the command room”, said Brigadier Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, director of the Smart Services Department at Dubai Police for Gulf News.
The United Arab Emirates may be bold when it comes to testing new technologies but they’re not the only ones to do so. The US Army is working to develop a battlefield supply drone, while companies like Airbus want to offer citizens the chance to bypass traffic in their personal, one-passenger flying vehicle.