Here's what the Hyperloop passenger pods will look like
A prototype of the Hyperloop will be unveiled during UAE Innovation Month.
The world is set to get its first glimpse of the Hyperloop in Dubai.
The initial design of the futuristic transport system will be revealed for the first time on Thursday at City Walk, the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced.
The exhibit, which will take place in collaboration with Virgin Hyperloop One (the company bringing the Hyperloop to the UAE), coincides with UAE Innovation Month.
Visitors will be able to see the pods that will be capable of shuttling passengers between Dubai and Abu Dhabi in just 12 minutes, at speeds of up to 1200kmh.
RTA director-general Mattar Al Tayer said the Hyperloop pods will boast “deluxe interiors”, including leather seats and entertainment systems.
Al Tayer also confirmed the routes where the Hyperloop will operate have been identified.
“When introduced in future, the Hyperloop technology will impact town planning and the availability of parking spaces. It will revolutionize people mobility between various destinations in the city, logistical hubs like airports and ports, and shipping patterns,” he said.
Rob Lloyd, CEO of Virgin Hyperloop One, added: “The UAE and RTA were early supporters of our hyperloop technology, so it is particularly exciting to be unveiling the Dubai Hyperloop pod with the RTA here today.
“Our focus in 2018 would be continuing the close collaboration with RTA to progress to the next phase of the project. Our aim would be to explore the viability of a wider UAE Hyperloop network.”
HYPERLOOP IN THE UAE
In August 2016, Hyperloop One was invited to participate in a Dubai Future Accelerator programme led by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president of the UAE and ruler of Dubai.
In November, it was announced that the company had reached an agreement with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority to study the feasibility of building a Hyperloop in the UAE.
Last year, Hyperloop One started conducting trials and speed tests in the Nevada desert.
While an official launch date has not been set, Hyperloop One has previously said they could have an operational system built in the UAE by Expo 2020.