Dubai to Abu Dhabi Hyperloop
Take Dubai to Abu Dhabi trip in 12 minutes? Or from here in 48 minutes to Riyadh?
For Virgin Hyperloop One employees, this is a message that needs to be repeated as cities and countries look for next-generation mass transportation solutions. It seems to work.
Nowadays, the chin flap and raised eyebrows associated with the mention of hyperloop-enabled travel are gradually being replaced by a willingness to listen and gain a better understanding.
“It’s true, from being dismissed as sci-fi, hyperloop has graduated to something transport authorities consider as a future model for mass transport,” said Harj Dhaliwal, Managing Director for the Middle East and India at VHO. “They see it as something real and that it’s gonna happen.”
The US company, in which Dubai DP World plays a key role, was surprisingly present at the Dubai International Motor Show.
There it showed the “passenger pods” that, if all goes according to plan, take people in minutes rather than hours over long distances. (Although they are still a prototype, they still look like part of a future transportation model and are much better equipped than anything else in the Tardis, the Dr. Who time machine.)
“The full-scale pods have passed through 400-500 tests at our Las Vegas base – now, we are ready to move that tech design onto a live commercial project,” said Dhaliwal.
The capsules would be faster – speed is the alpha and o when it comes to enabling hyperloop through elongated tubes connected between cities. Think of it as a super-fast high-speed train that moves through a tunnel and does not offer much of a landscape.
The pods could reach speeds of up to 1,000 km / h, while the company claims that these are five to ten times “more energy-efficient than a commercial aircraft”.
The Hyperloop concept and its commercial possibilities found early support in Elon Musk. And with such a passionate and compelling supporter on board, technology, and its many parts have made progress. Other players are trying to find their Hyperloop opponents, especially HTT.
Proof of concept
It’s one thing to show off the pods … getting active on the ground is another. According to its statements, VHO has made significant progress here in recent months. In India, a 12-kilometer stretch between Mumbai and Pune will be operational by the end of next year as part of the Phase 1 rollout.
“It will be the first time we are bringing the technology outside of the US; the intention is to set it up, certify it and get it approved by the regulators in that jurisdiction,” the official added. “We have not signed anything officially as yet – but the Mumbai project will be a marker.
“In the UAE or Saudi Arabia, it’s always possible that the authorities could take decisions to kick off such a project. Their track record is that when a decision is made, it moves quickly.”
Get the backing
It helps enormously to have a DP World on board. “They have a view that our technology can disrupt the cargo and logistics models of the future,” said Dhaliwal. “Where someone can place an order online and not expect something to arrive in weeks but in hours. That will change the business of logistics and freight massively.”
Dubai’s RTA “sits in our International Standards Working Group and assesses our technology from where it was two years ago,” Dhaliwal said. “For our part, we need to understand how to fit in with the overall vision of governments and city planners before signing contracts. We do not rush on it.
“We are working with governments, including the US, to make the Hyperloop a reality. These mass transportation projects require planning and cannot be done overnight. Whether it is an airport or a motorway, much time is spent in advance for planning. What we offer is no different and governments will need time to understand it, introduce regulations, etc.
“But Hyperloop has a place in countries where the burden of old technology or mass transit infrastructure is absent.” The Middle East is a classic example. Should these governments spend more on legacy technologies that have been around for 50 years or more? Or should they invest in new transport systems that will lead them into the future? “
This is a question that VHO keeps asking potential customers. The answer determines the future of the Hyperloop.
In the US, Virgin Hyperloop One is currently sending a call for proposals to states, regional or local governments, and private organizations to establish a “Hyperloop Certification Center”. It is said to have received 19 such interests, including those from West Virginia and Georgia.
In India, the government of Maharashtra approved the plans of the Virgin Hyperloop One-led consortium to build a high-speed line between Mumbai and Pune.
News Source: Gulf News
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