Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One, which developing the high speed transportation technology, has released pictures of what a hyperloop station in Dubai might look like.
The start-up is working to introduce the world’s first operational hyperloop system, which involves sending passenger and cargo pods through tubes at speeds of up to 670mph.
Last year, it was selected to participate in the Dubai Future Accelerators Programme (DFA) and moved its base to the emirate.
It is currently developing a hyperloop system that will reduce the travel time between Abu Dhabi and Dubai to 12 minutes.
Hyperloop One times between cities in the GCC.
In February, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said it had begun studies to test the feasibility of introducing the hyperloop technology in partnership with Hyperloop One.
Hyperloop One and the RTA carried out provisional studies focusing on the suggested routes in Dubai; the economic, financial and environmental impact; the rate of resulting reduced traffic congestion; and carbon emissions, a statement said.
Studies were also carried out to examine the standards of issuing safety certificates.
“The system is still fairly new and has yet to be experimented or tested on the ground and its safety certifications have not been issued,” Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of RTA said at the time.
“So it has been agreed to explore the feasibility of providing this technology in Dubai in future without setting a timeline for the time being,” he added.
Hyperloop One is also working with Dubai ports operator DP World, which has invested in the company to explore the technology’s uses for transporting cargo.
At the Middle East Rail conference in Dubai on Tuesday, the firm’s CEO Rob Lloyd said the company is planning to hire dozens of staff in the UAE.
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The company also released images of what its potential new hyperloop station and pods in Dubai may look like.
A rendering of a potential Hyperloop station in Dubai.
What the inside of a Hyperloop station in Dubai would look like.
A bird’s-eye view of a potential Hyperloop station.
The control station, where the Hyperloop will be managed from.
The interior of a Hyperloop pod.
Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd presents the future of Hyperloop in Dubai.