In the year 2020 people in Dubai and visitors to Dubai can get the comfort of fast traveling with the world’s first Hyperloop One transport link, The new multi billion dollar, hi-tech transport system will make the journey between Dubai and Abu Dhabi within 12 minutes of time. The service will be provided as door-to-door service through Smartphone App.
Agreements had been signed with DP World in August to pursue a cargo-based Hyperloop One system at Jebel Ali Port. There are plans to expand the service connecting the emirates. This was stated by Mr.Rob Lloyd, chief executive of Hyperloop One.
This dramatically short travel times were made possible by the 1,200kph speed of the “pods” that used to travel through a specially built tube for using magnetic levitation. This year the Los Angeles-based startup company is planning to show off a working proof of concept system.
The company’s co-founder and president of engineering, Josh Giegel said that the agreement will see the partnership between Hyperloop One and the RTA move into a “pre-feasibility stage. Project developers promised for direct travel between destinations, like journeys between Dubai and Fujairah as low as 10 minutes and Dubai to Riyadh in 40 minutes.
Still not yet finalized, a video presentation showing a journey between potential stations at Etihad Towers and Burj Khalifa was shown.
Using a smartphone app will paly an important part where passengers will be given the number of the pod they will take for their journey. At the station, they have to walk into the pod, that also can be modified to carry cargo, vehicles or offer a range of seating arrangements. The pod then moves into the loop tunnel to travel. One of the concepts for the route is to have a mixed underground and overground link.
So far ticket pricing has been set for this journey. Mr Giegel suggests that it would be at at “affordable” level, between the price of a Metro and a high-speed rail service.
Hyperloop One will create a new means of transportation, thus keeping this region at the forefront of transportation technology and innovation.