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Hyperloop will carry passengers at speeds of up to 760mph between Abu Dhabi and Dubai in just 12 minutes

Sunday 25/February/2018 - 11:40 AM
Sada El Balad
Edited by: Basant Ahmed
Virgin has unveiled a stunning prototype of the pods that will carry passengers at speeds of up to 760mph (1،200 kmh) when it launches its Hyperloop service in Dubai، Daily Mail reported.

Hyperloop's low friction design means that passengers will be able to travel the 87 miles (140 km) between the city and neighbouring Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes، a journey that takes around 90 minutes by car.

The concept pods give a first glimpse of the luxurious conditions inside the futuristic transport vehicles، which could be launched as soon as 2020.


Dubai's Road Transport Authority (RTA)، which wants 25 per cent of all journeys to be driverless by 2030، unveiled the hyperloop design at a ceremony in the city as part of its participation in the UAE's Innovation Month.

Virgin's Hyperloop One offshoot has invested in the multi-billion pound project and is working closely with Dubai's RTA.

Richard Branson also announced a similar project for Mumbai a few days ago.

The pods themselves boast deluxe interiors، leather seats and high definition screens for displaying information and entertainment.

Each pod is designed to travel short and medium distances and can accommodate up to ten passengers.

Rob Lloyd، CEO of Virgin Hyperloop One said: 'The UAE and RTA were early supporters of our Hyperloop technology، so it is particularly exciting to be unveiling the Dubai Hyperloop pod with the RTA.

'Our focus in 2018 would be continuing the close collaboration with RTA to progress to the next phase of the project.

'Our aim would be to explore the viability of a wider UAE Hyperloop network.'

Hyperloop uses an electromagnetic propulsion system to accelerate levitating pods through a vacuum tube.


This level of speed is achieved by reducing air pressure inside the tube to an equivalent measure experienced at 200،000 feet above sea level.

The service is expected to carry around 10،000 passengers per hour in both directions.


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