Dubai police have announced they will soon have officers buzzing around the skies on Star Wars-style electric hoverbikes capable of speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour. The Russian-made craft can fly at a height of five metres and carry a police officer over congested traffic in emergency situations, First Sergeant Ali Ahmad Mohammad said.
“The bike can also fly without a passenger and can go up to six kilometres,” he added. The Hoversurf Scorpion was unveiled at the Gitex Technology Week conference. Hoversurf CEO Alexander Atamanov posted on Facebook to say the company and Dubai police had signed a memorandum of understanding to mass produce the craft in the Dubai area.
Police also unveiled a smart electric motorbike that has multiple cameras to spot reckless drivers, and small driverless robotic vehicles equipped with biometric software that will scan for criminals and persons of interest while patrolling different areas of the city.