Video: Dubai Police test hover bike

Officials believe the bike could be used to reach road accidents and other incidents more quickly



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.

Read: Dubai Police reveals plans for new miniature robot patrol cars

It wants robots to make up 25 per cent of its patrolling officers by 2030.

Read: Robocop joins Dubai police duty at Burj Khalifa

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