Turning a two hour drive into a 12 minute drive, it sounds too good to be true, but the idea is on its way to becoming reality in the United Arab Emirates. Stemming from a futuristic vision of Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Telsa, the Hyperloop would connect the cities of Dubai and Abu Dubai through a high speed pod-based transportation system.
Last week, the firm Hyperloop One announced it has signed a deal with Dubai’s Roads and Transportation Authority to conduct a feasibility study. Over the next 12 weeks, designers, architects and transportation consultants will determine the issues surrounding construction, as well as where and how the Hyperloop could be built to join the two cities. Although the technology is still being tested in the Unites States, Hyperloop One says the system could be ready as early as 2020.
So how goes the Hyperloop work? The high speed transportation system would be made up of transporter pods, similar to a monorail, and pipeline that will allow for travel speeds up to 760 miles per hour. It’s all made possible through electromagnetic motors that levitate the connected pods, which will float on a cushion of pressurized air inside the pipeline. Inside the pipeline, low pressure is deliberately maintained in order for the air to be almost non-existent, allowing the pods to travel at high speeds.
There are still a lot of hurdles to overcome and funding to secure before we see if the Hyperloop is a success, but if it is it would be the first of its kind in the world. Meanwhile, Hyperloop One is exploring possible opportunities in Finland and the Netherlands.
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