Dubai police unveils electric Star Wars-style hoverbikes for officers

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An announcement has come from Dubai police that they will soon have officers zipping around overhead on Star Wars style hoverbikes that can go as fast as 70 kilometers an hour.

As reported by Gulf News, the Hoversurf Scorpion was unveiled at the Gitex Technology Week conference last year.

This Russian-built craft can hover at the height of 5 meters and is capable of carrying a police officer over congested traffic in urgent scenarios. Gulf News quoted First Sergeant Ali Ahmad Mohammad as saying.

“The bike can also fly without a passenger and can go up to six kilometers,” he said.

“It can fly for 25 minutes and can carry up to 300kg of weight at a speed of 70kph.”

Alexander Atamanov, the CEO of  Hoversurf shared a Facebook post announcing that his company had signed a MoU with Dubai police to undertake large-scale production of the craft in Dubai area.

Dubai Police also showcased a smart electric motorbike which as a number of cameras to identify dangerous drivers, as well as small independently operated robotic vehicles carrying biometric software which can scan for criminals and important people while undertaking city patrols.

“It can recognize people in any area and identify suspicious objects and can track suspects,” Brigadier Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, director of the Smart Services Department at Dubai Police, told Gulf News.

“It will be deployed at tourist destinations in Dubai. It has cameras and will be linked to the command room.”

The new technology is the latest addition to Dubai which has a reputation for being one of the most technologically advanced cities in the world. Sometime back, there was also an announcement about water jetpacks being introduced for firefighting purposes.