Jetpacks could be used as part of firefighter missions and more according to news from the Dubai Airshow
We never tire of seeing the Dubai Police racing around in uber cool cars, but world could develop a whole new obsession with the law enforcement officers in this city after this news from the Dubai Motor Show.
According to reports an order has been made for latest jetpack technology to be used around the emirate.
New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft has signed a deal for up to 20 to arrive here in 2016 and the if you wanted to purchase one yourself it would set you back a whopping $250,000 (Dhs918.446).
The civil defence force plan on training officers to use the vehicles for rescue operations, particularly helpful for fire departments tackling the tall towers in the city. They can get going as quick as a motorbike or car would and all that riders need to set up is a helmet and harness in place.
As part of the new move there will also be tests to see if a pilot could fly jetpacks with nobody in them up to a scene, in drone fashion.
Jetpacks can move at up to 45mph and reach 3,000ft, hovering in the air even when controls are not being pressed, however they can only fly for up to 45 minutes at a time.
While plans are in the works to develop a jetpack more advanced and that can go for longer, at the moment one can hold up to 120kgs in weight and this includes medical equipment and a parachute is built info extra safety.
"Sometimes we have challenges or difficulties to reach the top floors of those buildings. The aircraft can go into confined spaces to size-up the situation. We are going to modify them with thermal imaging cameras," the BBC reports Lt Col Ali Hassan Almutawa, director of the Dubai Civil Defence Operations Department said.
"Sometimes, in fires, people go to the top of the building. You cannot always get ladders there, and you cannot always use the elevators. Rescue and fire-fighting, we see these as the main role at first. But there could be many other roles."
Glenn Martin invented the jetpack and has been working on the technology for the last 30 years.