Hyperloop to build its first travel system from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes
【Summary】Hyperloop One(H1) tech company is now partnering with the United Arab Emirates, to build its first ever transportation system: the hyperloop between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, in 12 minutes.
Humans are always searching for a faster way to travel, especially in today's traffic-congested system. Uber and Airbus try to build "flying taxi" in 5 to 10 years for people to travel between two places more conveniently. Likewise, the well-known Hyperloop One (H1) tech company is now partnering with the United Arab Emirates to build its first ever transportation system: the hyperloop going between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
The two cities are a 99-mile-distance away from each other. If driving a car from one city to the other, it would cost at least two hours without considering rush hour traffic jams. But now H1 says it would only take 12 minutes for the hyperloop to carry a passenger to their destination.
The prototype works like this: using a linear electric motor, it helps accelerate and decelerate an electromagnetically levitated pod through a low-pressure tube. The travel system will glide silently for miles at a speed of up to 1000 kmh with no turbulence. It's supposed to be completely autonomous, quiet and on-demand (every 10-20 seconds).
"It frees you from time and space," Shervin Pishevar, co-founder of Hyperloop One said at Web Summit in Lisbon. "You could redesign cities not around cars anymore but around people, cities that are green and clean. The idea is that we can live and work anywhere."
The partnership was actually the company's next stage of progress in Dubai. Hyperloop One received $50 million of funding from DP World Group of Dubai, the third-largest ports operator in the world. This money was used to build a hyperloop system that could move cargo from the country and the world. It is now cooperating with Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to evaluate how the system's going to work out locally. They will work with McKinsey consulting company and the architecture firm BIG to evaluate the whole concept of building a hyperloop in UAE.
Meanwhile, following the announcement of partnerships with Dubai, Hyperloop One has begun installing the very first tube of its "DevLoop" in North Las Vegas -- which is one step further from blueprint to reality. In July 2016, H1 opened a 100,000 square-foot tolling and machine shop called Hyperloop One Metalworks in that area and began manufacturing the parts for the DevLoop system test track.
Hyperloop One was founded in 2014, and is based in Los Angeles, California. As many know, the "Hyperloop" idea was first put forward by Elon Musk, in a conversation with H1's founder Shervin Pishevar. Later Musk released the eye-catching Hyperloop Alpha white paper. H1 so far has raised around $160 million of funding. Although its CTO Brogan BamBrogan left the company this past July, and the public still cast doubts on whether the transportation system can be executable, Hyperloop One said that the current capital accumulated would be sufficient to make the dream plan come true by early 2017.
Claire Peng has over 6 years of professional experience in the media industry, covering TV, newspaper and online media. She was once a reporter and producer for Fairchild Television based in Toronto Canada, and worked as an English news reporter for the Global Times in Beijing. She writes mainly about self-driving, companies investment, and the enterprise lab.
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