AI News, The UAE Hyperloop just got one step closer to reality…
- On 17. februar 2018
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The UAE Hyperloop just got one step closer to reality…
The company bringing the Hyperloop to the UAE has made another giant leap forward, achieving record speeds during the first test run of its passenger pod.
In a statement, Hyperloop One said the pod “accelerated for 300 metres and glided above the track using magnetic levitation before braking and coming to a stop”.
One CEO praises Dubai’s ‘visionary leadership’ Clearly, the Hyperloop still has a long way to go to reach its target speed of 1200 kilometres an hour –
“We’re excited about the prospects and the reception we’ve received from governments around the world to help solve their mass transportation and infrastructure challenges,”
“Our company was provided with unprecedented access to expert resources in an innovative environment to develop our idea for the Hyperloop system in the UAE,” Lloyd said.
Hyperloop's first track could be built in Dubai
The city is exploring possible routes for the first ever Hyperloop, a high-speed transportation system that uses a pipeline to carry passengers and goods in levitating capsules.
'[Dubai] is our number one priority so we will do everything to make that happen,' said Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd, speaking after signing the company's first commercial deal with local transport authorities.
Here's how it works: Electric propulsion moves a capsule, or autonomous vehicle, along the pipe in a low pressure environment, to reach speeds of at least 740 miles per hour -- unprecedented for a ground-based system.
Dubai's DP World, the world's third largest port operator, has also invested $50 million and is already working with Hyperloop One on a cargo track planned for 2020.
Hyperloop is the vision of Elon Musk, the man behind Tesla and SpaceX, who made the technology patent-free in a bid to encourage international scientific collaboration around the futuristic concept.
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'Tying together the Middle East region would produce greater virtual density, without congestion and pollution, spurring innovation, productivity, job growth and more powerful sharing of knowledge, labor and investment. 'Building a Hyperloop would vastly impact the economy and make any major city in the GCC accessible within one hour.' The company is expected to perform a public trial in the first half of 2017.
'This is about validating the hardware and software,' said Hyperloop One co-founder and chief technology officer Brogan BamBrogan, at the time. 'By the end of the year hopefully we'll have a full test, with the sled in a tube accelerating with our custom propulsion.' The sled bracketed to the rail was slung into motion using magnetic force generated by engines referred to as 'stators' set in a line at the start of the track.
According to the designers, 'all elements of the travel experience are designed to increase convenience and reduce interruptions. The main objective of the design is to eliminate waiting from the passenger experience. Hence, the stations are called portals. All departure gates are immediately visible upon entering the portal, and a simple numbering system allows passengers to quickly identify them. Passengers will travel in pods that have room for 6 people. The pods are contained within a transporter, a pressure vessel attached to a chassis for levitation and propulsion that can accelerate the transporter to 1,100km/h.' 'Passengers board the next pod that is available, which moves onto a transporter to their final destination. The relatively small unit-size of the pods paired with a high arrival and departure-rate allows for on-demand travel.
Different interior environments and seating arrangements offer passengers a travel experience tailored to their needs, whether travelling solo or in groups, for business meetings or casual trips.' 'The pods operate autonomously from the transporter, which means they are not limited to the portal area and can move on regular roads and pick up passengers at any point. 'At portals, pods are loaded onto the transporter and hyperjump to another portal, where they merge onto the street and drop passengers off at their final destination.' No financial terms were immediately discussed and the technology itself remains under testing. '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,' Chairman of the RTA, His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, commented on the agreement.
'Collective commuting with individual freedom at near supersonic speed. 'We are heading for a future where our mental map of the city is completely reconfigured, as our habitual understanding of distance and proximity – time and space – is warped by this virgin form of travel.' 'The momentum is global and accelerating,' adds Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd. 'The world will see the test of the first full-scale Hyperloop system in early 2017 at our Test and Safety Site in Nevada and we will have multiple operational Hyperloop systems within five years.'
Abu Dhabi to Dubai in 12 minutes? World’s first Hyperloop coming to UAE
DUBAI // Dubai is set to be home to the world’s first Hyperloop One transport link, which is expected to begin operations for passengers in 2020.
Ambitious plans for a new multi-billion dollar, hi-tech transport system have been unveiled that would see travel times between Dubai and Abu Dhabi slashed to as little as 12 minutes.
Once operational, passengers will be able to book travel on the magnetically levitated system with a smartphone app that the creators promise will provide a door-to-door service.
“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,” said Rob Lloyd, chief executive of Hyperloop One.
The dramatically short travel times are in theory made possible by the 1,200kph speed of the “pods” that travel through a tube using magnetic levitation.
“We are working with the RTA to evaluate potential locations for stations and the tube route.” Developers promise direct travel between destinations, with journeys between Dubai and Fujairah as low as 10 minutes and Dubai to Riyadh in 40 minutes.
“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,” said Mattar Al Tayer, director general of the RTA.
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