Dubai Police Force Unveils VTOL-Powered Flying Bike

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【Summary】Created by Russian firm Hoversurf, the concept vehicle is capable of carrying 661.3 lbs (300 kg), while traveling at 40 mph (top speed).

Michael Cheng    Oct 22, 2017 9:00 AM PT
Dubai Police Force Unveils VTOL-Powered Flying Bike

Dubai has a solid reputation for unveiling highly futuristic technology for law enforcement groups and government officials. Currently, the local police force is equipped with fully loaded Ferrari and Lamborghini supercars for catching criminals and protecting innocent residents.

Not satisfied with traveling at blisteringly fast speeds on land, the Dubai Police wants to cover all aspects of transportation, including air-based options. To facilitate this, the organization revealed the Scorpion at Dubai's Gitex Technology week. Created by Russian firm Hoversurf, the concept vehicle is capable of carrying 661.3 lbs (300 kg), while traveling at 40 mph (top speed).

VTOL-Powered Patrol Bikes

The Scorpion runs on VTOL technology, which allows it to take off without a lengthy runway. Like a traditional motor bike, the unit uses foot pedals to accelerate. The Dubai Police recently uploaded a demo video of the flying bike on its official Twitter account. The preview revealed a very basic dashboard with a simple flip switch and a joystick controller. Furthermore, it is battery-powered, capable of operating for up to 25 minutes per full charge.

"It works on electricity and can fly at five meters height and carry a policeman during emergency situations and heavy traffic. The bike can also fly without a passenger and can go up to 6 kilometers," said First Sergeant Ali Ahmad Mohammad from the VIP Security Department in Dubai Police, during an interview with Gulf News.

According to country officials, the flying bikes will be used to reach far-flung locations quickly, during peak periods. In some cases, the target location, such as a car accident on a busy highway, isn't remote in terms of distance; but instead due to traffic and congestion. Using its four exposed propellers, the Scorpion will be able glide over people and structures with ease.

Dubai's Modern Police Force

Dubai's police force has made numerous advancements in the fields of electric transportation, autonomous driving and robotics. In addition to the electric flying bike, local law enforcement groups also unveiled a land-based, electric motor bike concept by Japan manufacturer Mikasa. The concept unit takes on a very slim profile and is capable of reaching 124 mph.

For patrolling local hotspots, the Dubai Police intends to deploy small, autonomous electric cars – roughly the size of a toy. The driverless fleet will be equipped with cameras, as it monitors streets and crowds.

"It can recognize people in any area and identify suspicious objects and can track suspects. It has a drone and the user [police officer] needs to access the car through fingerprint. It will be deployed at tourist destinations in Dubai. It has cameras and will be linked to the command room," explained Brigadier Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, Director of Smart Services Department at Dubai Police.

Lastly, inside public buildings, including malls and universities, the organization will summon a battalion of robots to patrol such areas. The futuristic bots will also be autonomous and support a large SOS button for emergencies. By 2030, it foresees a task force that consists of 30 percent robots.

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