by Nicholas West, Activist Post:
Most readers (and certainly this writer) will likely never visit the exorbitantly priced Dubai, which might make the following story seem less threatening. However, Dubai is emerging as the perfect insulated testing ground for a range of high-tech applications that could very well spread to many corners of the world in the near future.
The hoverbike, created in a joint project with Russian company Hoversurf, was unveiled recently at the Gitex Technology Week Exhibition. The video below demonstrates its maneuverability with a police officer on board, which they claim can operate for 25 minutes up to 43 miles per hour. However, the vehicle also can be remotely operated, permitting it to fly up to its maximum of 16 feet off the ground.
The hoverbike is expected to make its functional debut in Dubai by 2020.
This announcement follows on the heels of the launching of mini police surveillance vehicles that look like electric cars. These are set to be released in fleets to patrol the city with biometric and conventional surveillance tools. The system will augment other security robots on patrol.
The new security system is so advanced that the mini-vehicle even comes with its own drone which can be launched via a rear sleeve — both are monitored and linked to Dubai Police command room.
…the O-R3 performs 360-degree surveillance and deters potential crime with its formidable presence on site. With self-charging capability, patrol and protection is provided 24/7, all year round.
…“It can recognise people in any area and identify suspicious objects and can track suspects. 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,” Brigadier Al Razooqi said.
Dubai appears to be the perfect testing ground for what very well could become the prototype city of the future. As the largest and most populous city in the UAE with a concentrated and wealthy population of around 3 million, it is ruled by an absolute monarchy under Sharia Law that has free rein to rapidly implement new forms of governance. However, as stated in the article quoted above, the Singapore-based company helping to implement security measures in Dubai – OTSAW – “hails its new driverless vehicle as groundbreaking for the future of police surveillance for large cities such as Dubai.”
Dubai, in fact, will be hosting World Expo 2020 where three pillars of future cities will be discussed: Mobility, Opportunity, and Sustainability. Click on the linked words below for full details about the architecture being built to centrally plan and control the technocratic smart city.
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