The dream of the cyberpunk future of the '90s is coming true in Dubai. The country is testing hoverbikes for their police force.
Police crews have begun training officers to ride the Hoversurf S3 2019, a vertical takeoff craft that functions much like a larger R/C drone you can buy at an electronics store.
The future has arrived. https://t.co/kokLYA6Mx6— Mashable (@Mashable)1541885313.0
With a maximum altitude of 16 feet and only about 20 minutes of battery life, don't expect to be pulled over for speeding by an officer on this vehicle. Rather, it's expected to be used for emergency scenarios to allow officers to reach difficult areas.
The craft weighs 253 pounds, which sounds like a lot but, for a personal sized aircraft, is fairly light. The device does have a drone mode, allowing it to be flown remotely.
It's an exciting time to be living in the future.
@TravisMayfield Yup.— Brett Roberts (@Brett Roberts)1541793147.0
America is spending billions of dollars on a wall that won’t stop a darn thing... meanwhile Dubai is rollin out THE… https://t.co/L0pBxnjzrB— The Guy Who Sometimes Draws The Blockhams (@The Guy Who Sometimes Draws The Blockhams)1541855394.0
Been waiting for these. I don’t know if I’d call it a HoverBike? Regardless, these things are awesome. https://t.co/r8Ldpzabdz— Jonny Goodwin 🚀 (@Jonny Goodwin 🚀)1541686091.0
The police force has just one hoverbike at the moment and is in the process of training two crews to ride the craft, Hoversurf claims it's prepared to produce 40 hoverbikes if Dubai requests them. At $150,000 a piece, the bike is a very expensive piece of rescue equipment, but one that is available to private citizens as well. Hoversurf's product meets U.S. Federal Aviation and Administration requirements, which means you don't need a pilot's license to own and operate one.
Some weren't sure of the practicality of such a device.
@mashable *cut to hundreds of people being shredded by hover drone rotors*— Matthew Christopher (@Matthew Christopher)1541886117.0
@mashable put guard rails around those blades before someone is decapitated.— 🇪🇺 paul mccarthy-brain 🏴🇮🇪 (@🇪🇺 paul mccarthy-brain 🏴🇮🇪)1541885679.0
@mashable That just looks like a bad idea. 😂— Timothy J Carter (@Timothy J Carter)1541885502.0
@mashable Surely the most dangerous vehicle in existence. Pilot clearly shitting his pants.— Chris Mair (@Chris Mair)1541886541.0
This isn't the only personal hovercraft on the market. It joins other vertical takeoff vehicles like Kitty Hawk's Flyer and Malloy Aeronautic's hoverbike in the race to provide personal low-altitude flying experiences.
Dubai is known for the sometimes extreme and expensive solutions for their law enforcement. They've also purchased expensive sports cars like a Lamborghini, a Ferrarri, and a Bugatti to try and connect with the populace.