UAE Hyperloop system could be confirmed by 2020
The UAE is in the running to become one of the first three global locations for a Hyperloop system, according to the US firm’s CEO
The UAE could be confirmed as one of the first three global locations for the construction of a Hyperloop system by 2020.
This is according to CEO of Hyperloop Technologies, Rob Lloyd, who made the comments during Middle East Rail 2016.
Speaking to attendees at the Dubai exhibition, Lloyd said that it was his company’s ambition to bring the high-speed transport system to the Emirates.
“We would expect that the history of innovation within this region could make – perhaps – Dubai and the United Arab Emirates one of the first places where Hyperloop comes into production,” said Lloyd. “Our goal in the next three years is to select the top three projects in the world where we can build Hyperloop and demonstrate its capabilities.
“We’ll be working with innovative companies, innovative regulators, and innovative governments to try and make that a reality,” he added. “Our dream would be that it happens here [in the UAE], and we’ll see if we can make that dream come true.”
Touted by its backers as ‘the fifth mode of transportation’, Hyperloop is a point-to-point system designed to move cargo or passengers at speeds of up to 1,100km/h.
The brainchild of SpaceX founder Elon Musk, the technology involves the propulsion of carrier pods through a depressurised tube. Due to the high-speed, low-pressure nature of the system, these pods ‘levitate’ along their route, meaning that an electric motor is only required for 5% of the journey.
Hyperloop tubes can be installed over ground on pylons, underground, and even underwater. In addition to super-fast intercity transit, the technology could pave the way for virtual airports and seaports, as passengers and cargo could travel in from remote locations within minutes.
“Hyperloop is the new broadband of transportation,” Lloyd told attendees. “It’s a high-speed network that allows us to achieve speeds that were perhaps never thought possible, as we apply existing science in a very different way.”