Hyperloop One, the US-based company that plans to move people and things at airline speeds for the price of a bus ticket, is on track to build the first operational Hyperloop system in the world in the UAE.
Hyperloop One (H1) announced last week that it would build the first commercial hyperloop transportation system from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. The journey of 160km, which normally takes about two hours by car, would see the time reduced to a mere 12 minutes.
H1 is partnering with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to evaluate the feasibility of building this system in greater Dubai and the UAE. The announcement follows the next stage in development for the company, as it gears up for early next year when H1 will test a full-scale prototype of its system in the Nevada desert.
Last August, H1 co-founder Shervin Pishevar hinted the first hyperloop would be built overseas and the company announced in October it had received $50 million in funding from DP World Group of Dubai, the third-largest ports operator in the world, to build a hyperloop system to move cargo throughout the country and the world.
On top of the news, H1 revealed an original design concept for the portals and pods that would take passengers from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in H1’s autonomous transportation system which will be on-demand, energy-efficient and safe.
Hyperloop One said it is now working with global management consulting firm McKinsey and architecture and engineering firm BIG to evaluate the concept of a build out for a H1 passenger system in the UAE.