Dubai Police 'hoverbike' manufacturers claim to set world record

Video shows new Dubai Police vehicle flying at almost 30 metres above the ground
Dubai Police hoverbike that was unveiled this week at GITEX.
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Thu 12 Oct 2017 09:06 AM

Hoversurf, the Russian manufacturers of the “hoverbike” unveiled by Dubai Police at GITEX Technology Week, claim to have set a world record by flying at an altitude of 28.5 metres.

Video posted on Hoversurf’s official YouTube channel shows a Scorpion 3- hoverbike – carrying a 74kg pilot wearing a 12kg protective suit - taking off and reaching the altitude at a rate of approximately five metres per second.

“You could have climbed higher. This is incredible power,” reads the video’s caption.

"Hoverbike in standard configuration, but without protection on propellers. And new World's record - 28,5 meters altitude! By hoverbike!" the caption adds.

According to Dubai Police, the hoverbike can fly for up to 25 minutes with a pilot, fly as quickly as 70 kilometres per hour (43 mph) and can carry loads of up to 300 kg.

A separate video shows the hoverbike being rapidly assembled by police officers and conducting a number of maneuvers.

Dubai Police officials have also told local media that the hoverbike can operate without a pilot.

The hoverbike was one of a number of Dubai Police innovations on display at GITEX, which also included an electric motorbike and a self-driving car that can transmit images back to the police operations room and recognise and track suspects.

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