The future is now. While Sydneysiders are marvelling at the yellow bikes dotted everywhere that signal our own mobile future, Dubai Police have just unleashed a series of police hoverbikes, as well as an unsettling little creature that scans the city for criminals and uses facial recognition software to nab them.

“It works on electricity and can fly at five metres height and carry a policeman during emergency situations and heavy traffic”, Sergeant Ali Ahmad Mohammad from Dubai Police told Gulf News. “The bike can also fly without a passenger and and can go up to 6 kilometres. It can fly for 25 minutes and can carry up to 300 kg of weight at a speed of 70km/h,”

The little robocops are far more unsettling and impressive. The size of a child’s car, the patrol robot scans crowds for dangerous criminals, monitors odd public behaviour, and will feature heavily in your nightmares this week.

“It can recognise people in any area and identify suspicious objects and can track suspects”, Brigadier Al Razooqi explains.

“It has a drone and the user [police officer] 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.”

Check out videos of both these beauties in action, below.

Dubai Police's new self-driving car

Take a look at Dubai Police's new self-driving car. It can detect criminals through facial recognition! gulfnews.com/1.2102433

Posted by Gulf News on Monday, 9 October 2017

Dubai Police's 'Hoversurf' explained

Dubai Police's new flying bike ‘Hoversurf’ can be used for responding to emergency situations. Eng. Saif Salem Al Kaabi from the Technical Innovation Section at Dubai Police tells us how it works.gulfnews.com/1.2102433

Posted by Gulf News on Monday, 9 October 2017

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