Dubai — the largest city in the United Arab Emirates — continues to actively integrate new technologies in their daily lives. We have already heard about the army of police robots fire commands using a jetpack, as well as about unmanned vehicles patrolling the city streets. Now the city government wants to provide representatives of law and order in another futuristic invention — hoverbike.
More than a year ago held in Dubai technology exhibition GITEX, the Russian brought to the demonstration of the prototype, painted in the official colours of the local police (green and white). So interested in this development, it was agreed to consider how to equip such devices police personnel.
And now, a year later, in Dubai brought a new version of the flying machine with the capability of vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL). Thanks signed a year earlier agreement, Dubai police, the first serial device, which is used to perform training of officers.
According to head of the Department for the development of smart services, Dubai police Brigadier Khalid Nasser al-Razouki, the use of eVTOL will allow much faster to respond to the challenges and get to hard to reach places. The Minister also added that the active use of hoverbikes it is planned to organize by the year 2020.
"To date, we already have two teams that are training piloting the hoverbayk. In the near future we intend to increase this number," — said al-Razouki in an interview with CNN.
According to the Executive Director Hoversurf Joseph Segura Conneh, hard training will make it easy to manage hoverbayk. He also added that Dubai police has the exclusive right to order as many devices as it is needed.
"In the next month or two they'd contact us and say whether they need more hoverbike. Want 30-40 – do", — commented Segura Conneh CNN.
Ordinary man, such a pleasure will cost 150 000 per unit. Orders are being accepted now, but Segura Conneh says that the flying vehicle is transmitted to humans only in the case when the company is convinced of the competence of the owner to manage it.
Trials of the company Hoversurf, held in Dubai in 2017
According to some outside experts, such devices actually "are very limited in opportunities," if we are talking about direct police work, but "to ride one of these things is really fun." The main limitations are those associated with battery technology. To improve matters in the future should the use of batteries, new materials, for example, the same graphene.
Representatives Hoversurf commented on this statement what is already working on this issue. The efficiency of the unit can be increased either by new batteries, either through more efficient power plants. With regards to the latter, the company has developed a system of ring fans, which is smaller, quieter and above all more efficient than the propeller system with a similar thrust. However, to integrate the new system is planned only in future models of.
Production is planned to start in several countries. One of the UAE and Dubai. The company is also listed edition model, designed for two passengers. Its going to introduce "in the next four to five months" and will start selling in 2020.
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