Hoverbikes could be used by Dubai and Abu Dhabi police
UAE forces are in talks to whizz through the sprawling cities in midair at up to 44mph, the Sun reports.
The “hoverbikes” use technology similar to Star Wars pod racers, and are currently in an early phase of testing with manufacturer Hoversurf, based in Russia.
The move to add them to the police fleet puts forces in Abu Dhabi and Dubai at the forefront of innovation towards personal flying vehicles.
The hoverbike could currently carry one passenger 3.7 miles, or for 25 minutes – though that is expected to increase as the technology develops.
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It would make the forces’ souped-up fleets every more impressive as they already boast a collection of amazingly fast supercars.
Police in Abu Dhabi already drive a Rolls Royce Phantom, Lykan HyperSport, Nissan FT-R and a Chevrolet Camaro.
In Dubai the fleet is even more enviable and includes a BMW i8, Bugatti Veyron, Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari FF, McLaren MP-12C and Mercedes-Benz SLS.
That collection of supercars might sound like a dream to law enforcers needing to rush across the city to catch criminals in the act – but the hoverbikes could give police another advantage.
The hoverbike has four propellers that speed it along at 44mph
Designs for the flying craft and the protective suit that goes with it
Skyscrapers are notoriously difficult to evacuate as firefighters cannot always reach every floor – so if the technology is developed to allow the space-age bikes to fly higher it could make it much easier to rescue people.
Dmitry Peskov, a director at Russia’s Agency for Strategic Initiatives, said the technology from the Russian university would help emergency responders to save lives.
He told Russian state-sponsored news agency TASS: "In Abu Dhabi, evacuation from high-rise buildings is a great problem. Firefighters don’t have cranes that high.”
“Naturally, it is clear that the vehicles don’t fly far, or for long. But they can already climb to altitudes of several dozen meters.”
The technology is not yet available for police to use in the field and a completion date has not been suggested.