The Dubai Police Will Soon Be Riding Hoverbikes
The Dubai Police department is far from shy when it comes to its fleet of vehicles. Famed for boasting a Lamborghini Aventador and an Audi R8 in its fleet, flashy coppers are just part of everyday life. But Dubai officers will soon be seen riding an actual hoverbike thanks to US company Hoversurf.
Yes, the Dubai Police are getting their very own modified version of Hoversurf’s Scorpion 3 hoverbike. Featuring four rotors at each edge of the vehicle, the hoverbike can reach speeds of 60mph and remain off ground for a maximum of 40 minutes.
Hoversurf suggests that the S3 2019 (to give it its full name) has a 10 to 25 minute flight time and a 2.5 hour recharge time. Which to us sounds like fairly poor numbers for high-speed chases… The current plan is for the vertical take-off and landing bike to act as a first responder in hard to reach areas and should be ready to use in 2020.
It’s made from a carbon fibre body, has a weight of just 114kg and will have a ‘safe flight altitude’ of 16ft above the ground – though they do say that pilots can adjust flying height individually. Those exposed blades do look a little ominous, though…
Very few other details have been released about Hoversurf S3 2019’s capabilities but believe it or not, you can pre-order your own for a mere £115,000 over at the Hoversurf Website. Check out a video of the hoverbike in action below…
Earlier this year, Rolls-Royce revealed plans for a personal electric flying vehicle that they say could be on the market by the ‘early 2020s’. Primarily designed for use as a taxi, the wings on the concept are able to rotate 90 degrees, enabling it to take off or land vertically.