Dubai Hyperloop – No More A Dream
With Hyperloop travel Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes. There’s been speculation for a while, but it’s just been confirmed that the first Hyperloop will be built in the UAE. This means passengers will be able to travel between the emirates at 1,200 kilometers per hour (the max speed of a Boeing 747 is 825 kilometers per hour).
According to news, Dubai will have an operational system connecting to the capital Abu Dhabi by 2021.
HOW HYPERLOOP WORKS
If a Hyperloop system develops around the world it will change the way we travel says Bjarke Ingels, the founder of BIG, a design firm working on the project:
“Collective commuting with individual freedom at near supersonic speed: we are heading for a future where our mental map of the city is completely reconfigured, as our habitual understanding of distance and proximity – time and space – is warped by this new form of travel.”
The Hyperloop would likely be a bunch of small pods (rather than one large train) and would be on demand, leaving when you want to leave, and going directly to your chosen station.
The infrastructure will be made up of large tubes that run between destinations, and the pods will hover in these (they’d levitate rather than be on tracks). The environment within the main tube will be controlled so that there will only be a very small amount of air in the environment, creating a suction of sorts so that the pods move from one end to the other (very, very quickly – kind of like a parcel in a postal shoot). They’re working on plans to run them either underwater or above ground.
Remember the transport pods that will take you from New York to Beijing in just two hours? Or from Abu Dhabi to Dubai in 15 minutes?
Hyperloop One is partnering with the RTA over the next three months, and by the end of that period, they say they’ll be able to show the government that their network will reduce congestion in Dubai by 20 percent and will reduce emissions by a strong 30 percent.
How much the project will cost hasn’t yet been announced, but that will definitely be a big part of the feasibility study.
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