Hyperloop Rail Train Can Connect Dubai and Abu Dhabi in Just 12 Minutes
With a distance of almost 100 miles between the two, it takes someone roughly 2 hours to travel between Dubai and Abu Dhabi by bus, or 9 minutes by car. The Hyperloop here can do it in a whopping 12 minutes!
The Hyperloop makes use of high-speed transportation tubes with almost no air inside. This SpaceX technology revolves around reduced pressure which offers little air resistance. The capsules inside are, of course, pressurized and ride on an air cushion by linear induction motors and air compressors.
This technology has been purposely open-sourced by Elon Musk and SpaceX, in the hopes that others will make use of their ideas and expand on them. As a result, several companies have emerged, attempting to implement these technologies. One of them is Hyperloop One, which wants to build this, above mentioned rail train here.Their goal is to have it up and running by 2020.
The pods will be levitated on the rail and shot at speeds of 750 miles per hour; the same as a bullet. That’s almost twice as fast as the world’s fastest train today. It could even outpace an airplane. Moreover, this means of transportation will be at a fraction of the cost of the other ones.
This would save not only a lot of time but also a lot of money. The presentation video also claims that journey times between Dubai and Riyadh could be cut to 48 minutes, while a trip from Dubai to Doha could take just 23 minutes, hinting at a larger emerging network. With several countries already expressing interest for Hyperloop technology, we may be in for some interesting developments.
The company has already outlined its plans with the Dubai Roads and Transportation Authority, and have also released a feasibility study. This study was made together with McKinsey & Co. and the Bjarke Ingels Group, the company responsible for the design. The plan hasn’t yet been completely approved, but chances are that it will.