The initial design of the Hyperloop project which targets to revolutionize travel by cutting the journey from Dubai to Abu Dhabi to just 12 minutes have been revealed by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
As part of its participation in the UAE Innovation Month, Hyperloop which is part of RTA’s initiatives for Dubai Future Accelerators was exhibited for the first time in the word, in partnership with Virgin Hyperloop One.
The Roads and Transport Authority and Virgin Hyperloop One Company said they have made “considerable progress” in the technical, engineering and economic possibility study of the project.
The routes have also been identified and the Roads and Transport Authority revealed the Hyperloop will have cutting-edge broadcasting and display of information and entertainment materials, deluxe interiors, as well as leather seats.
Goods and services are transported through a vacuum tube, with the use of an electromagnetic propulsion system by the Hyperloop technology. The system is planned to assist the levitation of the capsule a little off the track within the tube and transport it at speeds of up to 1200km per hour.
It intends to take around 10,000 passengers per hour in both directions between Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Director and chairman of RTA, Mattar Al Tayer said that the Hyperloop technology will impact the town planning and the availability of parking spaces, when introduced in the future. He said that it will revolutionize the mobility of people between various destinations in the city, and logistical hubs like airports and ports, and shipping patterns.
CEO of Virgin Hyperloop, Rob Lloyd said that the United Arab Emirates and RTA were early supports of their Hyperloop technology. He added that it is particularly exciting to be revealing the Dubai Hyperloop pod with the RTA. He said their focus in 2018 will be continuing the close cooperation with RTA to progress to the next phase of the project. He also said that their goal would be to explore the possibility of a wider UAE Hyperloop network.
During UAE Innovation Month, RTA is also unveiling a number of initiatives such as autonomous pods and high-frequency express bases.
Al Tayer also said the unveiling of these initiatives is in execution of the directives of the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to turn Dubai into the world’s smartest city.