Set to launch in 2021, the Hyperloop One is a high-speed transport system that can get you from Dubai Airport to Etihad Towers (Abu Dhabi) in just under 12 minutes.
This revolutionary transport concept is one step closer to reality, as exciting new footage is released from the Hyperloop test site in the Nevada desert.
The first images of Hyperloop One being tested at ‘DevLoop’ – the Nevada test site – was revealed at Middle East Rail conference in Dubai yesterday (7th March). Being tested in full-scale, the 500-meter Hyperloop test structure weighs more than one million kilograms, and has a diameter of 3.3 meters.
Although they are still in the testing phase, Hyperloop One aims to perform a public trial in the first half of 2017, which doesn’t leave them much time.
The Hyperloop is set to get passengers from DXB to Etihad Towers (Abu Dhabi) in just 12 minutes, but more Hyperports (Hyperloop stations) and the travel times between each have been announced.
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According to this graph, we will be able to commute from DXB to Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) in only nine minutes, and from DXB to Dubai Marina in just three minutes – barely enough time to update your Facebook status.
“While technology is revolutionising many facets of our lives, we have not seen a radical change in transportation since the Wright brothers introduced air travel over 100 years ago,” says Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop One.
“Tying together the Middle East region would produce greater virtual density, without congestion and pollution, spurring innovation, productivity, job growth and more powerful sharing of knowledge, labor and investment. Building a Hyperloop would vastly impact the economy and make any major city in the GCC accessible within one hour.”
Josh Giegel, president of engineering and co-founder of Hyperloop One, adds: “Our team of more than 150 engineers, technicians and fabricators have been transforming what was, just over five months ago, a barren stretch of desert, into a hive of activity and now home to the world’s first full-scale Hyperloop test site.
“We have come so far in such a short space of time, and our team of over 240 employees are working tirelessly to eliminate the barriers of distance and time and reinvent transportation.”
Besides benefiting the GCC economically, The Hyperloop would also mean easier access to hospitals and schools, expanding access to city attractions and unlocking urban development.
Other benefits of Hyperloop include higher standards of safety than a passenger jet, and significantly lower construction and maintenance costs.
But Hyperloop One isn’t just stopping with the GCC, they have much bigger plans in motion…
Just last week, Hyperloop One held a landmark innovation summit – The Hyperloop One Vision for India – in New Delhi, discussing how the company could integrate with and augment India’s vast transportation network with reliable, clean and on-demand autonomous transport, connecting India’s major cities at faster-than-airline speeds.
Exciting stuff! We’ll keep you updated as we find out more.