I Am Absolutely Geekin' OUT!

In what is surely a sign that our anime-inspired dystopian future  is creeping ever closer, Dubai Police have announced that they may soon  be patrolling Dubai city streets using hoverbikes. 

Dubai police  posted video of officers being trained to ride the Hoversurf's first  production unit hoverbike after the department took delivery of the  futuristic vehicle from the Watsonville, California based tech firm in  October. 

Police there say they hope to begin deploying the  hoverbikes, or eVTOLs (electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles)  by 2020. The hope is that officers will be able to access hard to reach  places. 

Brigadier Khalid Nasser Alrazooqi, told CNN Dubai police were already training two crews to pilot the hoverbikes. 

"Currently  we have two crews already training (to pilot the hoverbike) and we're  increasing the number," Alrazooqi, the general director of Dubai  Police's artificial intelligence department said. 

 

If you're in the market for a new way to cut down on your commute  time, good news! Anyone can order the eVTOL bike from Hoversurf for a  mere $150,000 (a $10,000 deposit is required for purchase). Hoversurf  says they've even obtained approval for their hoverbikes from the  Federal Aviation Administration. 

The hoverbikes can fly up to 16  feet above the ground and go around 60 mph. Flight is achieved with  large electric ducted fans and propellers. The battery, made of lithium  manganese nickel, allows the futuristic-looking cops to fly 10 to 25  minutes. A drone mode is also available, allowing the hoverbike to fly  up to 40 minutes with no driver. 

While helicopters have been the  closest thing humanity has had to a flying car, a vehicle that would fit  right at home in a comic book movie appears to be headed for the mean  streets of Dubai. It's hard not to wonder when we might see the ED-209  in action. 

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