Every now and then, Dubai makes headlines for introducing something that is a world's first. The tallest building, the 'robocop', a police car fleet powered by the likes of Lamborghinis and Ferraris. Now though, it is the time for motorcycles but this one's no regular motorcycle - it can fly. Dubai Police is planning on incorporating a motorcycle that can hover in its fleet, according to a report on Gulf News. The report further adds that the police hopes to utilise the 'Hoversurf Scorpion' motorcycle as a quick responder to emergency situations. The first glimpse of the machine looks like a scaled-up version of a drone with a space to accommodate a rider. However, it is a capable machine that can fly at speeds up to 70 kph while carrying a maximum of 300 kg. According to the Facebook page of Hoversurf CEO Alexander Atamanov, the company has signed a memorandum of understanding with Dubai Police and has been invited to open mass production of the vehicle in the Dubai area.
The Hoversurf Scorpion was showcased at the Dubai's Gitex Technology show alongside a new electric motorbike concept by Japanese firm Mikasa. Meant for the ground, this motorcycle can a top speed of up to 198 kph and had very futuristic looks.
“It works on electricity and can fly at five metres height and carry a policeman during emergency situations and heavy traffic. The bike can also fly without a passenger and can go up to 6 kilometres. It can fly for 25 minutes and can carry up to 300 kg of weight at a speed of 70km/h,” First Sergeant Ali Ahmad Mohammad from the VIP Security Department in Dubai Police told Gulf News.
Another first for the city was the flying taxi. Emirate’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) made an announcement earlier this year the city would soon have flying autonomous taxis. The RTA collaborated with a Chinese firm Ehang, and carried out a test run of the autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) christened the 'Ehang 184'.
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