Ever thought there would be a day when we would see bikes flying in the sky? Well, this too is possible in the UAE. Say hello to the world’s first flying bike in Abu Dhabi. The futuristic flying bike is expected to deliver life-saving support in crucial search and rescue operations.
The Xturismo Hoverbike is being touted as the next cutting-edge tool for emergency services dealing with challenging spots like desert terrain. It can soar 20 meters into the air and reach speeds of up to 80 kph.
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The vehicle has been developed by Bayanat, a unit of Abu Dhabi’s artificial intelligence company G42 was put on display at an event in Yas Bay on Monday, 13 March 2023. The hoverbike is made of high-strength carbon fibre, similar to the one used in aviation and the space industry. Weighing a whopping 300 kg, the bike can fly at 80 kph for up to 40 minutes before it needs to refuel.
“The hovering bike has been successfully trialled in Japan through our partner. Our plan is to start a manufacturing unit in the UAE and customise it into our specific needs in the UAE”, said Hasan Al Hosani, chief executive of Bayanat.
He claimed that the bike could support civil defense efforts or the construction industry in addition to being used in remote locations by the oil and gas industry to deliver emergency aid.
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The motorcycle delivers 230 horsepower and is fitted with a turbocharged four-stroke Kawasaki gasoline motorbike racing engine. The vehicle is controlled while flying by four electrically powered side fans.
It has been designed with rescue missions in mind, to help emergency services reach remote locations by flying over deserts and lakes, cutting response times.
It is anticipated that it will be used in joint operations with drones, as well as for data collection, data transportation, and data collection.
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