A California-based start-up has provided police in the United Arab Emirates with flying motorbikes.
Hoversurf has given Dubai Police its first serial production of the S3 2019 hoverbike — an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle — and has begun training officers to fly it. It could give a whole new meaning to the Flying Squad.
The hoverbike is also available to civilians, although the company will screen prospective customers to ensure that they are capable of handling the new technology. In the US, there is no need for a pilot’s licence to fly the hoverbike as the vehicle has met Federal Aviation Administration guidelines.
The development comes at a time when manufacturers around the world are working to merge aircraft and automotive technologies in a bid to produce flying cars. Some of these strange hybrid objects were on show at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS).
A European aircraft manufacturer, a German automotive giant and an Italian design and engineering outfit have joined forces to produce a prototype. Pop.Up was launched at the 2017 show but since then, the latching and locking system coupling the ground capsule and the air module have been improved and the flying car is much lighter than the initial version.
A clever eye tracking and facial recognition interface has been installed inside the capsule, reading the passenger’s moods and wishes. Once it has landed, Pop.Up’s ground capsule is intended to operate as an autonomous electric vehicle (EV), using sensors, cameras and radars as well as light detecting and ranging (LIDAR) technology.
A number of IEC technical committees (TCs) and their subcommittees (SCs) prepare International Standards relating to the components found in these technologies. IEC TC 47 publishes IEC 62969, which specifies the general requirements of power interfaces for automotive vehicle sensors. IEC TC 100 develops Standards on digital cameras. IEC TC 69 issues Standards pertaining to EV power charging.
The IEC has publishing a number of Standards which are paving the way for an electric vehicle future. Several of these deal with charging and batteries.