The Hyperloop pod is one step closer to becoming a reality.
A prototype of the revolutionary transport system was revealed at City Walk last week (Thursday February 22), where spectators were able to see travel pods that will be capable to shuttle passengers from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes.
According to the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), the commuter tubes system will be able to transport pods at theoretical speeds of up to 1,200kph and is planned to lift 10,000 passengers per hour in each direction.
The big reveal happened in collaboration with Virgin Hyperloop One, who are the company bringing the Hyperloop to the UAE, and coincides with UAE Innovation Month.
The pod themselves boast deluxe interiors, cutting-edge broadcasting and entertainment materials as well as leather seats, and use an electromagnetic propulsion system to accelerate the movement of goods and services through a vacuum tube.
HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, said, “The launch of these initiatives is in implementation of the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world.
“It is also part of RTA’s efforts to provide autonomous transport, which requires carrying out technological tests on these means under Dubai’s climatic conditions. It reflects RTA’s strategy to transform 25 percent of total journeys in Dubai into driverless transport using different means by 2030.
“The strategy is focused on integrating public transit means with people’s happiness through the provision of smooth, express and innovative mobility means that support the efforts of ranking the UAE among the top 20 countries in the UMii by 2021.”
We can’t wait to whiz past the traffic.
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