(Source) The flying motorbike is back in Dubai – and you could see the police riding one in the not-too-distant future.
A year after California-based startup Hoversurf showcased its hoverbike at tech expo GITEX in the white and green livery of the Dubai Police, the company has returned with a new model and evidence its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle might be, well, taking off.
Making good on a deal signed in 2017, Hoversurf has now gifted Dubai Police its first serial production unit of the S3 2019 Hoverbike and has begun training officers to fly it.
Brigadier Khalid Nasser Alrazooqi, general director of Dubai Police’s artificial intelligence department, described the eVTOL vehicle as a first responder unit used to access hard to reach areas. He said he aims to have hoverbikes in action by 2020.
How bad is crime in Dubai that the police there need hoverbikes? I thought Dubai was one of those countries where you get your hand chopped off if you get caught stealing candy. I would think that would be enough of a deterrent to curb crime, but apparently not. Hell, I guess you can’t put anything past a country that still uses slavery to build their infrastructure (allegedly).
This seems like a waste of resources to me. Most crimes where crooks run from the cops like bank robberies & car thefts happen on the ground. Dubai police already have plenty of cruisers and helicopters I assume. It seems the government needs to invest in finding officers that can run faster if there are so many chases on their streets.
Don’t get it twisted though, these hoverbikes look dope AF. That is until the Dubai Police attach automatic guns to the front of them and start mowing down citizens for jaywalking. Still though, these suckers will increase police recruiting times a kajillion. There’s not a guy under 30 that wouldn’t want the keys to one of those hoverbikes and if that means you have to join the patrol, so be it.
I can’t help but think of WWIII after watching these hoverbikes kick dirt up. We’re all going to die, but it’s going to be a hell of a ride!
One last thought…getting in the crime game is becoming harder and harder by the day. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid would be getting their asses tenderized in a max security prison if they tried pulling their high jinks in 2018. Facial recognition technology has made anonymity nearly impossible. Unless you keep a ski mask on 24/7, someone or something is tracking your every move. That’s why I find myself rooting for non-murderous/non-sexual assault type crooks. The odds are so stacked against the bad guys, that when they do get away, I can’t help but tip my proverbial cap to them. Unless they’re stealing from me that is, then they can go suck a fat one and rot in a sewer overcrowded with rats. As long as I’m not the victim, I’m cheering for the fugitive to reach the border before the boys in blue find you and beat you down with their batons every damn time. Maybe movies have warped my mind to think that way.
PS: Dubai needs to change the colors. They look too much like toy Hess trucks: