A new high-speed transportation concept that could take passengers from Dubai to Doha in 23 minutes is being unveiled today in the UAE.
The idea of a rapid-transit hyperloop was first raised by SpaceX founder Elon Musk in 2013, and several companies have been working since then to make it a reality.
In Dubai, the technology is being developed by Hyperloop One Inc., a US-based firm that is nearing the end of a 12-week program with Dubai Future Accelerators (DFA).
The company said its system would use electric propulsion, explaining further that:
“The autonomous vehicle levitates slightly above the track and glides at faster-than-airline speeds over long distances. We eliminate direct emissions, noise, delay, weather concerns and pilot error. It’s the next mode of transportation.”
This week, it offered a short sneak peek of it on Youtube. The video shows a network of tubes and pods that claim to be able to transport people from Dubai to:
Hyperloop One said it has been working with Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority on developing a high-speed network to reduce congestion and emissions.
According to the company’s website, being part of DFA, a competitive incubation program, gives it access to top Dubai government officials.
It also affords the firm a chance to tap into the emirate’s multi-million dollar Future Endowment Fund.
Previously, cargo officials said Dubai could begin operating a hyperloop to transport goods as early as 2020.
But it is unclear when a passenger transit system would realistically be ready.