The world is getting very high-tech these days, no doubt. Drones, AI, robots—we’re now blurring the line between reality and sci-fi movies. Now, how about plucking another toy from the silver screen and giving it real-world existence? Like those swoop bikes from the Star Wars universe.
Say hello to the Hoversurf Scorpion. It’s a personal hovercraft or drone bike made by a Russian company. First presented earlier this year, it has now been introduced by the Dubai Police as the latest member of their impressive fleet of vehicles that already includes the Bugatti Veyron, the Ferrari FF and the Aston Martin One-77.
Back in February, the figures being quoted for a prototype were a top speed of 50km/h, a weight capacity of 150kg, and a single-charge operation time of 27 minutes. But Gulf News now reports that the Scorpion can move at 70km/h for 25 minutes, while carrying a load of 300kg. We suspect, however, that the real figure is 300 pounds. We can’t imagine this hoverbike flying around with two Shaquille O’Neals onboard. Perhaps the real unit was lost in translation?
The newspaper also quotes one First Sergeant Ali Ahmad Mohammad as claiming that the contraption can fly solo or unmanned to a height of 6km.
For now, with the Scorpion’s limited capabilities, its stated application is for responding to emergency situations. Expect its use to drastically evolve once speed, reliability and power reserve substantially improve. By then, we may already see this thing overtaking getaway cars used by criminals like they’re just parked on the road.
Isn’t it exciting to be living in this generation? Well, unless you’re the person tasked to drive the getaway car, that is. Good luck losing that drone bike behind you, dude.