Residents in the United Arab Emirates will be able to travel between Dubai and Abu Dhabi in just 15 minutes as the futuristic transportation system Hyperloop takes shape, the company’s co-founder has said.
The Hyperloop will feature a series of pods that will move at the speed of sound, according to Brogan Bambrogan, who is also chief technology officer of Hyperloop Technologies.
Speaking at the World Government Summit, Bambrogan said the new transportation system is set to be tested in Las Vegas this year.
It could be introduced in the UAE within the next 10 to 15 years, he added.
“Hyperloop offers a multitude of opportunities that will change the way we live our lives.”
An integrated system where every component can be controlled by the operator, Hyperloop will help transport not only passengers, but also goods and cargo between ports at very high-speeds, he explained.
The Hyperloop concept was first put forward by Elon Musk of Tesla Motors. The technology has been open-sourced by Musk and his SpaceX company.
“Innovation has led all forms of transportation. Today, we are stepping on the shoulders of those who have led the rail, airline and cargo industries,” said Bambrogan.
He stressed that bringing costs down was a key part of the plan.
“We absolutely believe that we can deploy Hyperloop at less cost than high-speed rail. As we innovate more deeply, we will cut costs by more than 50 per cent. We believe Hyperloop will be almost free to ride in the next 10-15 years.”
He added: “Hyperloop is not science fiction, it is real and it’s happening. We are doing hardcore engineering to bring this technology from the drawing board to real hardware, into reality.”