UPDATE: Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 15 minutes?
You may remember reading about a proposal for a “hyperloop”, which could cut the commute between Dubai and Abu Dhabi down to just 15 minutes. The tube, which travels at hypersonic speed, was discussed further at the World Government Summit on Tuesday, as speakers tackled other futuristic topics such as bitcoin and renewable energy.
Brogan Bambrogan, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hyperloop Technologies, explained that the project isn’t just an idea. In fact, he claims that the first testing will take place in Vegas later this year.
"Hyperlop is not science fiction, it is real and it's happening. We are doing hardcore engineering to bring this technology from the drawing board to real hardware, into reality," he said.
Operating like a vacuum tunnel, if it goes ahead, UAE commuters would sit in a capsule which would propel through a tube at speeds of up to 1,220 kilometres per hour. Fast, huh? “You will feel the acceleration thrust, like a very fast, powerful car,” said Craig Hodgetts, head of design. “But you will feel almost no sense of motion while travelling. You will mainly experience getting there and stopping.”
It’s hoped that the hyperloop would increase tourism in the UAE, and make Dubai and Abu Dhabi’s airports transport hubs in the GCC.
The UAE is one of many countries that the team is scoping out. “Hyperloop is about reinventing transportation,” Mr Diamandis told media in October last year. “This is about the future. This is like how mobile telephony reinvented the world many times over.”
We know, it sounds too good to be true, so here comes the bad news. It’s likely that if given the green light, this form of transport wouldn’t be introduced to the UAE for another 10 to 15 years.
Possibly another new project to look forward to for 2020.