Dubai to have world’s first Hyperloop track
DUBAI: Dubai is surging ahead in the race to build first Hyperloop track, the fastest mass transit network on the planet.
Hyperloop is a high-speed transportation system that uses a pipeline to carry passengers and goods in levitating capsules. Electric propulsion moves a capsule, or autonomous vehicle, along the pipe in a low pressure environment, to reach speeds of at least 740 miles per hour — unprecedented for a ground-based system.
Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd said, “Dubai is our number one priority so we will do everything to make that happen”.
Hyperloop One is also considering the feasibility of building tracks in other countries, including Russia, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK. But Dubai now has a head start and its first passenger track could be operating by 2021.
Dubai is the home of the world’s busiest international airport. Using Hyperloop, passengers could be in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, within 48 minutes and Doha, the capital of Qatar, in 23 minutes.
One of the routes considered for Hyperloop is between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, a distance of about 150km, that will take more than an hour by car. Hyperloop could cut that journey to just 12 minutes.
The Hyperloop technology is developed in the United States but the plan is to carry that innovation with the transport routes in the United Arab Emirates, and eventually the Gulf region.
Hyperloop is the vision of Elon Musk, the man behind Tesla and SpaceX, who made the technology patent-free in a bid to encourage international scientific collaboration around the futuristic concept.