Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Dubai police training on flying motorbikes

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

The futuristic vehicles are intended to be in action by 2020 and are the latest extravagant expense by a force which already boasts a Ferrari and a Lamborghini among its patrol car fleet.

The “electric vertical take-off and landing (EVTOL) bikes” were delivered by a Russian-owned California-based company called Hoversurf, which signed a deal with the force in 2017.

CNN reports that Brigadier Khalid Nasser Alrazooqi, who heads the Dubai police artificial intelligence department, described the EVTOL vehicle as a first responder unit used to access hard to reach areas.

The hoverbike has been designed to meet Federal Aviation Administration guidelines in the US, meaning it does not require a pilot’s license to fly, but the $150,000 (£114,000) cost per vehicle is likely to stifle widespread adoption.

In addition to meeting the cost, the company has said it will require purchasers to show that they are capable of driving the bikes.

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