Dubai Police has reportedly started training officers to ride the flying Hoverbike that was first showcased at the GITEX tech exhibition in 2017.
According to CNN, California-based startup Hoversurf has gifted its first Hoverbike, the 2019 S3 to the Dubai Police. The electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle is currently being tested by officers. Brigadier Khalid Nasser Alrazooqi, general director of Dubai Police’s artificial intelligence department said the force intends to put the Hoverbikes into action by 2020.
“Currently we have two crews already training (to pilot the hoverbike) and we’re increasing the number,” he told CNN.
Hoversurf chief operating officer Joseph Segura-Conn said that the Dubai Police has exclusive rights to order as many units of the Hoverbike as it wants. He added, “They’re going to let us know in the next month or two if they’d like any more… If they would like 30 or 40, we’ll make it happen for them.”
Civilians can also order the vehicle provided they can shell out $150,000 for one of these, after meeting Federal Aviation Administration guidelines which means a pilot’s licence is not needed to operate it. Dubai is also on the radar as one of three possible locations for a manufacturing facility for the 2019 S3, with Segura-Conn saying his company is in talks “with three companies in different locations around the world”.