UAE could have hyperloop “within 5 years”
Today there has been a major step forward in the UAE’s quest for supersonic travel – the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) signed an agreement with Hyperloop One to jointly explore routes for the transportation system between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
According to a press release issued today, this could see a hyperloop transport system in the UAE within five years. This would a mean a journey time of just 12 minutes between the two emirates, making the idea of living in one city and working in another much more appealing.
Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop One said, “Having signed an agreement with DP World in August to pursue a cargo-based Hyperloop One system at Jebel Ali port, our focus has now expanded to include connecting the emirates. As the central global transport hub, pursuing the implementation of a Hyperloop in the UAE makes sense. The leaders of the UAE understand that transportation is the new broadband, with the power to transform life throughout the GCC.”
He continued, “We are now at a stage where, from a technological point of view, we could have a Hyperloop One system built in the UAE in the next five years. Our agreement with the RTA is the biggest step yet towards achieving this goal.”
If you’re not too sure what the Hyperloop is, here’s a bit of a recap. It’s basically a vacuum tunnel that will propel commuters between cities at 1,220 kilometres per hour. The technology was drawn up by Elon Musk, a rocket scientist and the entrepreneur behind SpaceX – an aerospace manufacturing company.
Director General & Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, H.E. Matter Al Tayer, commented on the agreement, saying, “In line with the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum – Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai – RTA is collaborating closely with Dubai Future Accelerators to support innovative solutions for the future of mobility.
“This is an opportunity to help transform the UAE from a technology consumer to a technology creator, incubating expertise for a new global industry, in line with the UAE’s Vision 2021. With Hyperloop One, we will create a new means of transportation, keeping our region at the forefront of transportation technology and innovation.”