Dubai police force soon to go airborne with hoverbikes

Dubai’s police force, already equipped with little autonomous robocops, is getting another leg up in the law enforcement race with incredibly cool, and somewhat dangerous-looking hoverbikes.

These airborne police officers will be using the Hoversurf Scorpion-3, a hoverbike prototype built by a Russian drone start-up and revealed earlier this year.

The electric-powered Scorpion-3 looks like a cross between a motorcycle and a quadcopter drone. Flying aloft on these, police officers in Dubai will be able to sound like a swarm of very angry bees as they fly across traffic to their next emergency.

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The new technology to be employed by the city’s police was revealed at Gitex 2017, an international technology showcase currently happening at Dubai World Trade Centre.

As Saif Salem Al Kaabi from the Technical Innovation Section at Dubai Police explained to Gulf News, the hoverbike demonstrated at the showcase is still a prototype, and the police force has signed an agreement with the Hoversurf developers to produce a whole fleet.




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