When I first saw this news break I did not think much about it. lets just say I had doubts and questions.
Why would you need a flying motorbike in Dubai and two the police in Dubai already have the world fastest cars as police vehicles. So you will have to forgive me when i thought this idea was a waste of time and resources.
But hey its Dubai they think crazy ideas and bring them to life and the hoover motorbike is no exception in this case.
The Hooverbike scorpion 3, designed and built by A California-based startup known as Hoversurf is the first of its kind to used by a police force in the world.
Apparently Hoversurf signed a contract with the Dubai police to delivery this electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle or the eVTOL for short.
The scorpion 3 or S3 for short was debut this month in Dubai and attracted spectator to its first public flying display by the Dubai police with training offered to officers on how 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 was to have hoverbikes in action by 2020.
Now meet the The flying motorbike that could become the next piece of attraction in the city or Dubai.
The Spec includes:
Weight: 253 lbs, Total thrust: 802 lbs
Max speed: 60 mph,
Safe flying altitude: 16 ft
Flight time with pilot: 10-25 minutes
Flight time in drone mode: up to 40 minutes
Charge time: 2.5 hours, Price tag: $150,000
At the moment two crews are training and they hope to increase the number of pilots soon.
If you are wondering what the criteria is to become an astute member of the Dubai police hoverbike club, well all you need is the ability to ride a motorbike plus having experience in flying drones. I guess that’s easy for any teenager if you ask me.
But for those of us who don’t like clubs and membership fees well Hoversurf operations manager commented -‘If you’re not a member of the force and have a spare $150,000, the hoverbike could still be yours’.
Orders are open to civilians, but Segura-Conn cautions that buyers are screened to ensure they can handle the new tech.
In the US, the hoverbike has met Federal Aviation Administration guidelines which mean you do not need a pilot’s license to fly the vehicle. So hurrah US lovers of tech with spare money go get a new tech toy.
Video of one officer learning to pilot the hoverbike appeared online last month.
With the all the excitement comes the criticism as Tim Robinson, editor-in-chief of Aerospace magazine, described the vehicle as “pretty limited” by its current battery capacity.
Others on YouTube complained about the noise of the blades and how close they were to the rider’s legs.
I believe Hoversurf has taken into account these minor issues and are working to resolve them in their later models.
2017 Hoversurf hoverbike tested in Dubai last year.
Video source: TECH MEDIUM