Dubai Police to patrol on Hoverbikes

Vahana an eVTOL aircraft by Airbus branch A3 completed its first test flight in Oregon. The aircraft is self-piloted and went from concept sketch to full-scale build in less than two years

DUBAI police could soon be swooping in on crims from the sky.

Manufactured by a Russian-led, California-based company called Hoversurf, the bikes are now being used in Dubai for training purposes to accustom police officers with their operation.

Police in Dubai have begun training on hoverbikes in the hope that they can help first responder units reach areas that would otherwise be hard to reach.

It marks another extravagant addition to the country's police force, which already has a Ferrari and Lamborghini among its crime-fighting cars. They are 253lbs battery-powered machines with the ability to fly for up to 40 minutes, going 60mph and can get 16 feet in the air, all before needing recharged.

(Today) Dubai police have been spotted training on them.

Dubai also has plans to introduce robots to its police force, unveiled past year.

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But they better hope they're not caught up in any lengthy pursuits.

General director of Dubai Police's artificial intelligence department Brigadier Khalid Nasser Alrazooqi told CNN training was already underway.

While it does sounds like something right out of a science-fiction blockbuster, Dubai confirmed earlier this month that their police force has begun training on hovering motorbikes. The police force has now received delivery of the first production unit of the S3 2019 Hoverbike.

Legit.ng gathers that the hoverbikes will be in action by 2020 with two crews already learning how to pilot them.

Built with a carbon fiber body, the S3 uses 12.3 kWh batteries to power the four propellers located two at the front and two at the rear for up to 40 minutes in drone mode and 25 minutes with a pilot riding it.

Meant to operate at shopping centres and tourist attractions, the REEM robot can settle fines, send video to a police operating centre, forward crime reports, and even speak nine languages. With a price tag of $150,000 each, hoverbikes don't require a pilot's license to fly.

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