Dubai’s police force is testing a new hover bike concept that could be used to reach emergencies more quickly by 2020.
The battery-powered Scorpion, developed by Russian drone manufacturer Hoversurf, is on display at the Gitex exhibition in Dubai this week.
A video posted by HoverSurf on Youtube shows the bike being tested in an open tarmac area as officers look on.
Hoversurf said it produced a special version for the emirate’s police force.
The Scorpion started as a crowdfunding project and is designed for extreme conditions. It features a safety system, flight controllers and special logical programming.
Current units can fly for up to 25 minutes with a pilot at a maximum speed of 42mph, while carrying 300kg of weight. They are also capable of flying without a pilot and can reach heights of five metres in this mode.
Other projects under development by the Russian company include a drone taxi that is capable of fitting within a parking space and a cargo drone with a carry weight of 100kg.
Dubai’s police force is no stranger to embracing new technology having previously unveiled robot patrol cars and robot police officers.
It wants robots to make up 25 per cent of its patrolling officers by 2030.