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Uber Now Working On Flying Taxis

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Helicopters, quad copters, or space-age airplanes, all the craft will have to be capable of vertical takeoff and landing, called VTOL, in order to fit into mini-airports, known as vertiports, spread around cities. And they will have to be quiet enough to take off and land near homes and offices without driving people crazy. Local, state, and federal agencies all have to get on board and convince the public that the technology is safe and not too intrusive.  Dubai has already green-lit a program by Chinese drone maker EHang (unconnected to Uber) that will start sky taxi flights in July.

The likely plan in all cities is to locate vertiports on top of buildings.

Uber’s taxis will start service with fully certified commercial pilots, who may be the company’s first full-time drivers.

Dubai’s Flying FireFighters High Up

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Dubai has equipped some of its firefighters with water-powered jetpacks to help tackle blazes quickly and effectively from pretty much any angle they like.

In a demonstration video (below) released by the Dubai Civil Defense (DCD), a firefighter speeding across the water on a Jet Ski as he makes his way to a car burning on a bridge, though in this case the flames are represented by smoke from flares.

Within seconds of arriving at the scene, the firefighter deploys his jetpack, the force of the water elevating him to street level, and then higher. After quickly assessing the situation, he activates the hose to tackle the “flames,” drawing the water from the canal below.

The technology enables the city’s firefighters to reach blazes on bridges more quickly than if they had to negotiate busy roads during the rush hour. It also gives them easier access to fires in buildings located along waterways, as well as to boat-related incidents.

Dubai has equipped some of its firefighters with water-powered jetpacks to help tackle blazes quickly and effectively from pretty much any angle they like.

Artificial Intelligence & Dubai Police Dept

 

In addition to its fleet of supercars, the Dubai Police are now enlisting the help of...

In addition to its fleet of supercars, the Dubai Police are now enlisting the help of Crime Prediction software(Credit: Abdullah AlBargan via Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0))

The Dubai Police department not only have luxury cars, they also have artificial intelligence crime prediction software.

The Dubai Police is the latest to have AI backup, in the form of Space Imaging Middle East’s (SIME) new Crime Prediction software.

SIME’s software is said to work like others already in use: machine learning algorithms are fed existing data and intelligence from police databases to identify patterns that human crime analysts might miss. The system can then use those patterns to determine where crime may be likely to occur next, and inform a police force where to best deploy officers and other resources. The idea isn’t just to go there and arrest suspicious-looking people, but to use a larger police presence in an area to deter crime from happening in the first place.

Does It Work? Police departments in various US cities have been using systems like Predpol, HunchLab and Series Finder for years, with mixed results and uneasy moral implications. After using HunchLab for 12 months, the St Louis County Police department expects a drop in this year’s crime statistics, but the results are hard to measure as a direct effect of predictive policing.

SIME hasn’t given many details on exactly how its system works or if it’s built to overcome some of these issues, but others like HunchLab are actively trying to be transparent about its inner workings.

Dubai’s Police Drive Luxury Cars

Known as “the shopping capital of the Middle East,”Dubai is one of the wealthiest cities in the world, and has become a major international tourist destination. With such a high concentration of wealth, Dubai is also home to some of the most mouthwatering supercars on the planet — so many, in fact, that some even turn up abandoned in the desert.

The city’s wealth extends to its police force, and it believes that the best way to fight speed is with speed. Sure, police forces in other countries have a few halo cars that are great for promotional purposes, but a list of the Dubai Police fleet reads like a who’s who of supercars.

1. Brabus G 700

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2. Audi R8 V10

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The Dubai Police added one of the British supercars to its fleet in December 2013.

4. Nissan GT-R

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With a base price of around $100,000, the GT-R is a bargain

5. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

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Gull-wing doors aren’t usually thought of as an essential feature on police cars, but the Dubai Police’s use of the SLS AMG might make other departments reconsider. but trick doors aren’t the big Mercedes’ only party trick: with a 6.3 liter, 539 horsepower V8, taking the car from zero-to-60 in 3.6 seconds, the SLS AMG is one of the most no-nonsense supercars in the world.

7. Aston Martin One-77

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Built as an ultra-limited run of 77 cars, with a price of around $1.5 million, the One-77 is a carbon fiber-bodied supercar with a top speed of 220 mile per hour. The Dubai police probably wouldn’t want to use the One-77 for PIT maneuvers, but its blinding speed and menacing looks would come in handy in high-speed pursuits.

8. Lamborghini Aventador

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Powered by a 691 horsepower mid-mounted V12 engine, the Dubai Police Aventador can go from zero-to-60 in under 3 seconds, and has a top speed of 217 miles per hour. Even lined up against the others in the Dubai fleet, the Aventador is simply one of the most insane cars ever to serve on the right side of The Thin Blue Line.

9. Ferrari FF

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The FF is a four-seater all-wheel drive V12-powered car supercar. Zero-to-60 comes in just 3.7 seconds, and its top speed is 208 miles per hour.

10. BMW i8

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The i8 is the newest addition to the Dubai fleet, and since its introduction in 2014, the futuristic BMW has been hailed as the future of supercars. With its mid-mounted three-cylinder engine connected to two electric motors generating 357 horsepower, the i8 goes from zero-to-60 in 4.2 seconds, on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 155 miles per hour.

Dubai’s fleet of supercars has raised the department’s profile to global levels, and with each new car, the department stays in the headlines for the right reasons. The cars may see little of the daily wear and tear that most police cars endure, but their function is equally as important. Dubai is one of the most wealthy and desirable cities in the word, its unique fleet of police supercars is a reminder of why Dubai is unlike anyplace else on earth.

#‎Dubai‬ Police car fleet amongst the world’s best ‪#‎police‬ cars… Images courtesy Dubai Media Office

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Dubai Patients Are Prescribing Android Tablets

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 In a few weeks, more than 3,000 tablets will be available across the Authority’s network of primary health centers (PHCs), hospitals and speciality centers. The tablets with built-in connectivity will provide access to DHA’s services, promote health education, allow access to e-government services, and serve as a platform for surveys and feedback. For those looking to while away time there will be recreation options including social media and games.

The vision- the tablet initiative will change the current health-care model to a paperless and dynamic delivery system and turn the focus on customer satisfaction. The Smart Government initiative enables all government services to be accessible via smartphones and smart platforms. The move is also in line the Authority’s Strategy  of 2013-2025. the four goals include — prevention and awareness; easy access to health services; quality, and investment and competitiveness.

Tablet technology in health care is a global trend. Smart devices with various applications have transformed the way health care is delivered and accessed. Health-care providers use the platform to disseminate information on prevention of chronic diseases and on healthy lifestyle choices with an aim to reduce health-care costs. The tablet initiative is part of the Authority’s Information Technology (IT) roadmap which comprises three inter-related categories – electronic medical records (EHR), health information system and smart hospitals

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