Abu Dhabi’s hyperloop dream took a giant leap forward this week – and could be operational as early as next year.
Residents of the UAE would welcome the futuristic transport’s ability to cut journey times between Abu Dhabi and Dubai to just 12 minutes.
It would hurtle at speeds of up to an eye-watering 1,230kph, but experts say the impact on the human body would be no worse than that of travelling on a commercial airline.
And while talks have been rumbling on between companies hoping to secure the contract, it appeared progress had been slow.
However, this week saw the first full-scale passenger capsule unveiled in Southern Spain as designers revealed more details on how it would work.
And The National reported Abu Dhabi could open a commercial section of track next year.
You can see the progress being made in the video below.
Further tests will have be conducted on the passenger capsules before they are even close to being operational in the UAE.
But hopes are growing that the super-fast technology will come to the UAE sooner rather than later.
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) and Virgin Hyperloop One are among the firms battling it out to run the transport scheme here.
Dirk Ahlborn, HTT co-founder and chief executive, said: “The creation of this capsule represents over a year long journey of the best expertise in design, engineering, and the development of cutting edge materials.
“In just five years we have solved and improved upon all of the technology needed for Hyperloop, from a new levitation system to vacuum pumps, batteries, and smart composites.
“This capsule will be a part of one of the most efficient transportation systems ever made.”