The L.A.P.D. are going to be using the highest of high-tech when it comes to motorcycles if the pilot program that they've launched takes off.
The Zero MMX electric motorcycle is a military-grade piece of kit that will give the Los Angeles Police Department a "tactical advantage" for missions where they need to be a bit stealthier. Although there are already units who use motorcycles across all terrains, the electric bike offers a quieter engine that won't alert people to their presence in the same way that a regular police hog would.
According to Wired, Steve Carbajal of the L.A.P.D. Off-Road Unit said that this is strictly "a pilot program” for use on and off-road, but if it's successful then they will have a few more brought in soon enough, at which point they'll start doing cool stunts, we presume.
Pic via Zero Motorcycles
The bikes are also energy and cost-efficient, given that they have no emissions and can be charged for about 50 cents, which will get you through two hours of driving. The machine can get from 0-60 in 4.4 seconds, and will be kitted out with sirens and medical gear for the cops. If you ask us, it looks like something out of Robocop or Judge Dredd.