Dubai to build 20km Hyperloop prototype by 2020
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed an agreement with Hyperloop One to build a 20km-long Hyperloop prototype by 2020
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed an agreement with US-based firm, Hyperloop One, to build a 20km-long Hyperloop prototype by 2020.
The initiative will form part of a feasibility study into building a similar system between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, which would reduce travelling time between the emirates to 12 minutes.
Josh Geigel, co-founder of Hyperloop One, told Gulf News: “We believe this is the first step towards making the technology a reality, and we [are] looking forward to having the prototype ready by 2020.”
Geigel also said that this is the first agreement that Hyperloop One has signed with a transport authority, according to Gulf News.
The rapid-transit system, which was conceptualised by SpaceX founder, Elon Musk, in 2013, is designed to propel air-cushioned pods through a semi-vacuumed tube at speeds of up to 1,200km/h.
Hyperloop One claims that its system would slash travel times between major cities in the Middle East.
If implemented, the technology could cut journeys between Dubai and Abu Dhabi to 12 minutes; Dubai to Doha to 23 minutes; Dubai to Muscat to 27 minutes; and Dubai to Riyadh to 48 minutes.