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IPFS News Link • Dubai

Hoverbike-riding police to patrol the streets of Dubai from 16 feet above the ground

•, Jeff Parsons

Tech-savvy Dubai police have unveiled a hoverbike capable of flying five metres (16 feet) above the ground. 

The high-tech crime-fighting vehicle was shown off to onlookers at a recent tech convention, alongside a prototype robotic car.

When piloted, the hoverbike can fly for up to 25 minutes, hit speeds of up to 70 kph (43mph) and carry up to 300kg (47 stone) of weight.

Without a police officer aboard, it can hit six meters (16 feet) in height. The vehicle was co-developed with Russian drone manufacturer Hoversurf.

Meanwhile, the driverless car will be able to remotely cruise the streets of Dubai searching for lawbreakers.

"It can recognise people in any area and identify suspicious objects and can track suspects," explained one police officer.

"It has a drone and the user needs to access the car through fingerprint. It will be deployed at tourist destinations in Dubai. It has cameras and will be linked to the command room."