by Victor Tangermann, Futurism.com
We already know that Dubai is buying an army of police robots, equipping its firefighters with jetpacks, and patrolling its streets with autonomous cop cars.
Now it wants its officers to roam the futuristic city on hoverbikes. It first announced its intentions just over a year ago at the Gitex Technology Week in Dubai — and now it’s started training its fuzz to ride the Star Wars-esque vehicles.
According to CNN, Dubai Police are now training two crews to pilot the hoverbikes. They’ll reportedly use them to reach hard-to-access areas, track suspects, and patrol tourist destinations.
The company behind the hoverbikes is California-based startup Hoversurf. Its FAA-approved Hoverbike is essentially a cross between a motorcycle and quadcopter, with a capped max speed of just over 43 mph.
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