A year after California-based startup Hoversurf showcased it’s hover bike at tech expo Gitex  in the white and green livery of the Dubai Police, the company has returned with a new model and evidence its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle might be, well, taking off.
Making good on a deal signed in 2017, Hoversurf has now gifted Dubai Police its first serial production unit of the S3 2019 Hover bike and has begun training officers to fly it.
Brigadier Khalid Nasser Alrazooqi, general director of Dubai Police’s artificial intelligence department, described the eVTOL vehicle as a first responded unit used to access hard to reach areas. He said he aims to have hover bikes in action by 2020.
Segura-Conn said Dubai Police have exclusive rights to order as many units as they want: “They’re going to let us know in the next month or two if they’d like any more … If they would like 30 or 40, we’ll make it happen for them.”
If you’re not a member of the force and have a spare $150,000, the hover bike could still be yours. Orders are open to civilians, but Segura-Conn cautions that buyers are screened to ensure they can handle the new tech. In the US, the hover bike has met federal aviation guidelines which mean you do not need a pilot’s license to fly the vehicle.
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