Dubai police got their first flying motorcycleNovember 11, 2018
Californian hoversurf is building hoverbikes
California-based startup Hoversurf handed over the first serial model of the S3 hoverbike to Dubai police and began training employees to manage it. The vehicles with the function of vertical take-off and landing will be put into operation in 2020. They will be used by the rapid reaction units to access remote areas of the city.
CNN reports that Hoversurf is currently coaching two groups of police officers. The ideal candidate for the pilots of the homebike should be able to drive and motorcycle and drone. In the next month or two, the police will decide on expanding the fleet. It is about building an extra 30 or 40 S3 units.
CNN also cites Tim Robinson, the editor-in-chief of Aerospace magazine, who considers hoverbike opportunities to be “very limited,” especially for law enforcement services. It all comes down to the existing battery technologies, which still do not allow to increase the duration of the flight. Work on new types of power plants is already underway, and Hoversurf promises to equip them with future models of hoverbikes.
Hoversurf flying electric motorcycle for police showed at GITEX in 2017. Hoverbayk is equipped with batteries with a capacity of 12.3 kilowatt-hours and is capable of operating in drone mode up to 40 minutes without recharging. With pilot S3 can be in the air for up to 25 minutes.
In addition to experimental hoverbikes, Dubai police use exotic sports and supercars to patrol the streets. Among them: Aston Martin One-77, Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918. And the Abu Dhabi law enforcement services even have Lykan HyperSport, the price of which is 3.4 million dollars