This Is Hyperloop One’s Concept for High-Speed Abu Dhabi-to-Dubai Travel

Hyperloop One shows off a concept for the next generation of people-moving.

byAaron Brown| PUBLISHED Nov 8, 2016 8:21 PM
This Is Hyperloop One’s Concept for High-Speed Abu Dhabi-to-Dubai Travel

Hyperloop One is coming together with the Dubai government to test its next-generation transportation system in the city and in other parts of the UAE—and in order to show off the system's potential, the partnership has prepared a concept video that shows just how seamless and convenient the high-speed transportation system​ could make the future. 

The company announced Tuesday that it is partnering with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, consulting firm McKinsey & Company, and the Bjarke Ingels Group​, a multinational architectural firm, to study the development of a Hyperloop system in the greater Dubai area. Hyperloop One claims a working Hyperloop system would transport people from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in just 12 minutes, compared with a two-hour drive.

"Dubai makes perfect sense for Hyperloop One because this is the 21st Century's global transport hub and its leaders understand that Hyperloop One is ushering in the next era of transportation, " said Hyperloop One Executive Chairman Shervin Pishevar.

With these new developments, Hyperloop One is also showing off potential designs for first real-world Hyperloop One stations—or as it call them, "portals." The company says it has potential routes mapped out from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, with multiple portal locations lined up along the way. The partnering companies took into consideration existing infrastructure that the Hyperloop could be run alongside, in order to simplify the construction process.

Hyperloop One claims the first full-scale test of the Hyperloop system will be displayed in early 2017 at its test facility in Nevada. "The momentum is global and accelerating," said Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd.

Which, admittedly, is all well and good. New forms of energy-efficient, high-speed transportation are always cool in our book. But if I'm being really honest...well, this writer won't be really impressed​ until he can be transported from New York to London in a Futurama-esque vacuum tube.