The police force in Dubai is not known for keeping back when it comes to transportation. Last year they announced that they would look at adopting functional hoverbikes as a way to cruise on solid traffic. They are now beginning to train their cops with the hope that they will be able to fully introduce these bad guys in 2020.
California's Hoversurf company made good last year's promise, CNN says. Electronic vertical take-off and landing (or, eVTOL) was presented at the GITEX tech expo, showing that they delivered their first serial production of the S3 2019 Hoverbike – and, more importantly, the police are already hopping for the start of training.
According to Brigadier General Khalid Nasser Alrazooqui, General Director of the Department of Artificial Intelligence at the Dubai Police said he was currently trained by two crew of hoverbikes officers who are hoping to spend full time in 2020. The Force has the exclusive right to order as many units as they want, so if everyone decides to love them, they can ask as much as they need.
Josip Segura-Conn, Chief Operating Officer of Hoversurf, mentioned that they are ideal candidates for the control of hovercrafts of people who both know how to drive a motorcycle and drive a vehicle – a very niche crossroads of interest if you ask me, but apparently the cops in Dubai have understood it.
Hoversurf S3 goggles look like hell of a lot of fun – but a little less excellent for real police work. With a maximum speed of 60 km / h, you will not be able to reach any high speed but this is a great opportunity to enter difficult places. However, S3 can only hold up to 25 minutes of flying time and up to 40 minutes when it is in drone mode. So, you will not see these traveling long distances. We're talking about faster and simpler jobs.
However, eVTOLs are in a similar ship like most electrical technologies. Battery technology is currently quite limited. But this could be a fairly decent investment for the future, given that progress in the electric field is growing. By the full implementation date of 2020, we could talk very well about a much different range – whether it's battery technology or more efficient drive systems.
And yes, you can order one of these bad guys here in the United States. You do not need a pilot license to manage one, but it will cost you $ 150,000, and there's a chance you'll be reviewed before buying to make sure you can actually know, work thing.
The eVTOL field is growing, but it is still in the baby's stage. No one is completely sure, you know which combinations of aerodynamic features will produce the most efficient machine. Hoversurf is working on it, but it seems that testing in Dubai has the same learning experience for them as well as for the police.