Dubai can be surging ahead within the race to build the fastest mass transit network on the planet.
The city can be exploring possible routes for the first ever Hyperloop, a high-speed transportation system in which uses a pipeline to carry passengers along with goods in levitating capsules.
“[Dubai] can be our number one priority so we will do everything to make in which happen,” said Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd, speaking after signing the company’s first commercial deal with local transport authorities.
Hyperloop One can be also considering the feasibility of building tracks in additional countries, including Russia, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Switzerland along with the U.K.
although Dubai right now carries a head start along with its first passenger track could be operating by 2021.
One of the routes being considered — between Dubai along with Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates — can be 102 miles along with typically takes more than an hour by car. Hyperloop could cut in which journey time to just 12 minutes.
Dubai can be home to the globe’s busiest international airport. Using Hyperloop, passengers could be in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, within 48 minutes, along with Doha, the capital of Qatar, in 23 minutes.
“As the central global transport hub, pursuing the implementation of a Hyperloop within the UAE makes sense,” Lloyd said.
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Here’s how the idea works: 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.
In May, Hyperloop One had its first public test of its acceleration technology along with announced in which the idea had raised $80 million in completely new funding.
Dubai’s DP World, the globe’s third largest port operator, has also invested $50 million along with can be already working with Hyperloop One on a cargo track planned for 2020.
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The technology can be being developed within the United States although the plan can be to marry in which innovation with the transport routes within the United Arab Emirates, along with eventually the Gulf region.
“Demonstrate the prototype, have a viable idea, then contain the discussion about how to finance the idea, how to regulate the idea although we can prove the idea works. This specific can be the show me technology along with were going to show the globe,” Lloyd told sy88pgw.
Hyperloop can be the vision of Elon Musk, the man behind Tesla along with SpaceX, who made the technology patent-free in a bid to encourage international scientific collaboration around the futuristic concept.
sy88pgw (Dubai) First published November 8, 2016: 9:35 AM ET