Architects reveal more details about Hyperloop

Architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) reveal additional details about the a high speed transport system linking Dubai with Abu Dhabi and other GCC cities

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) architects behind the Hyperloop.
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) architects behind the Hyperloop.

Details of the project by architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) to design a high speed transport system linking Dubai with Abu Dhabi were revealed at a briefing held in the Burj Khalifa.

The city recently hosted a competition for designs related to the high-speed system first proposed by Tesla co-founder Elon Musk in 2013, and has now announced a deal with Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One.

This will enable Dubai to study the potential for building a line linking it to the Emirati capital within the next five years.

Project organisers suggest the Dubai toAbu Dhabi travel time by Hyperloop would be only 12 minutes - significantly down from the hour-plus journey it now takes by car between the two cities.

The system could later be expanded to link the UAE with neighbouring Gulf countries so that a trip between Dubai and Saudi capital Riyadh -- currently two hours by plane -- could be completed in under 50 minutes.

“Technology is evolving and transforming how we live, yet we lack real innovation in mass transportation and the current system has stagnated,” said Shervin Pishevar, executive chairman of Hyperloop One.

“Hyperloop One is focused on transport that's far more efficient, fast and clean. It will change the dynamics of how we move goods and people.

“Dubai makes perfect sense for Hyperloop One because this is the 21st century's global transport hub and its leaders understand that Hyperloop One is ushering in the next era of transportation.”

Hyperloop One will now work with BIG and technology consultants McKinsey & Co. on a detailed feasibility study.

According to BIG, the design of the scheme is based on a study of “how an urban and inter-city transport network should integrate with existing infrastructure.”

The company describe it as autonomous, point-to-point and able to vastly simplify the experience of “getting from front-door to final destination.”

Passengers will travel in pods that have room for 6 people.

The pods are contained within a transporter, a pressure vessel attached to a chassis for levitation and propulsion that can accelerate the transporter to 1,100km/h.

The relatively small unit-size of the pods paired with a high arrival and departure-rate allows for on-demand travel.

Different interior environments and seating arrangements offer passengers a travel experience tailored to their needs, whether travelling solo or in groups, for business meetings or casual trips.'

The locations of the initial route in the UAE have been selected by passenger density and proximity to existing or planned transportation hubs.

The designers said: “All of the portals [stations] have been designed as individual answers to different contexts, yet appear similar and easily recognisable.

“All elements of the travel experience are designed to increase convenience and reduce interruptions.”

“The pods operate autonomously from the transporter, which means they are not limited to the portal area and can move on regular roads and pick up passengers at any point.

“At portals, pods are loaded onto the transporter and hyperjump to another portal, where they merge onto the street and drop passengers off at their final destination.'

No financial terms were discussed and the technology itself remains under testing.

“This is an opportunity to help transform the UAE from a technology consumer to a technology creator, incubating expertise for a new global industry, in line with the UAE's Vision 2021,” chairman of Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) HE Mattar Al Tayer said.

“With Hyperloop One, we will create a new means of transportation, keeping our region at the forefront of transportation technology and innovation.”


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