Hyperloop One – the global high-speed transport company and Dubai Future Accelerators (DFA) participant – launched its new vision for the future of the global transport sector at an event held at the Burj Khalifa today (Tuesday, November 8, 2016).
During the event –which was attended by His Excellency Sultan Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman of Dubai Ports World, and His Excellency Saif Al Aleeli, CEO of Dubai Future Foundation, and a number of government officials and executives from international companies, and representatives from international media – Hyperloop One gave a presentation revealing its vision for the future of the transport sector using Dubai as an example.
The company’s vision consists of combining self-driving cars with Hyperloop technology. Individuals can commute for limited distances within the city in small self-driving vehicles. These vehicles can then board the Hyperloop train to travel for longer distances – including between cities – with speeds that can reach 1,200 kilometers per hour, exceeding aircraft speed. Hyperloop stations will be spread all around the city, providing easy and convenient access. This would effectively reduce travel time between Dubai and Abu Dhabi to less than 12 minutes, and between Dubai and Riyadh to less than 48 minutes.
The new technology is set to have positive implications on urban planning; it will economize parking spaces as it changes the way individuals commute within the city, as well as to and from logistical centers such as airports and ports – not to mention the impact it will have on shipping.
His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai Future Foundation, said: “Dubai has become a model for the cities of the future, launching one revolutionary initiative after the other and drastically reshaping strategic economic sectors. This is due in large part to the ambitious vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, as well as the close attention of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai Future Foundation.” More info