500mph Hyperloop train will travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes
DUbai has agreed a deal with US startup Hyperloop One to assess the building of a near-supersonic transport link that could slash travel times to Emirati capital Abu Dhabi to minutes.The cash-flush city country, which has recently hosted other hi-tech transport pilots, said it would conduct a “feasibility study” with Hyperloop One to sound out the strategy. The California-based company hailed Tuesday’s “historic” agreement. “We start to value the delivery of the world’s first hyperloop system throughout the nation,” chief executive Rob Lloyd told reporters.
“We will initially focus on the value that Hyperloop One will deliver in Dubai and across the (United Arab) Emirates.”The deal will see both parties explore a path for a vacuum-sealed pod transport system, which could potentially slash travel times between Dubai and Abu Dhabi – 150 kilometres (90 miles) apart – to approximately 12 minutes.
The system could later be expanded to connect the UAE with neighbouring Gulf countries to ensure a trip between Dubai and Saudi capital Riyadh – now two hours by plane – can be completed in under 50 minutes.Lloyd said his firm has also been in discussions with transportation authorities in Abu Dhabi to discuss the proposal.While no prices or time-scales have been disclosed, Lloyd said in a statement that “from a technological viewpoint, we might have a Hyperloop One system constructed from the UAE in the next five decades.”
Mattar al-Tayer, Dubai Road Transport Authority’s director general, told reporters that the cost of constructing the machine will be “a significant element when making such a tactical decision on whether or not we could have hyperloop” along with questions over security and demand.Hyperloop is a autonomous passenger and freight transportation system which promoters say offers the guarantee of near-supersonic speeds.Earlier this season, Hyperloop One held a first public test in the desert outside Las Vegas, attempting engine parts made to rocket pods throughout reduced-pressure tubes at speeds of 1,200 kilometres (750 miles) per hour.
The company claims that the system offers better security than passenger jets, lower assemble and maintenance costs compared to high-speed trains, and electricity use, per individual, that is much like a bicycle.House to Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower in which Tuesday’s convention took place, Dubai is a top tourist destination in the Gulf, bringing 14.2 million people in 2015.In September, it unveiled its first driverless bus service, starting a month-long trial period to the electric car with a view to expanding it across town state.Hyperloop One, that has thus far raised more than $160 million (145 million euros), was put in an idea laid out three decades back by billionaire Elon Musk, the entrepreneur behind electric vehicle company Tesla and private space exploration effort SpaceX.