Abu Dhabi signs agree­ment on fu­tur­is­tic trans­port sys­tem

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

Abu Dhabi has signed the United Arab Emi­rates’ sec­ond hyper­loop fea­si­bil­ity study to build a fu­tur­is­tic high-speed trans­port sys­tem con­nect­ing the ci­ties of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.

Abu Dhabi’s Depart­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and Trans­port (DMAT) and US-based Hyper­loop Trans­porta­tion Tech­nolo­gies (Hyper­loopTT) an­nounced the agree­ment, which fol­lows a sim­i­lar study signed in Dubai last month.

Dubai’s Road & Trans­port Author­ity (RTA) and US-based Hyper­loop One, a ri­val to Hyper­loopTT, agreed on Nov 8 to ex­plore routes be­tween Dubai and Abu Dhabi. A hyper­loop uses mag­nets to lev­i­tate pods in­side an air­less tube, cre­at­ing con­di­tions in which the pods can shut­tle peo­ple and cargo at speeds of up to 750 miles (1,200 kms) per hour.

The un­proven tech­nol­ogy is pro­posed as a re­place­ment to ex­ist­ing rail in­fra­struc­ture.

The UAE has put on hold plans to build its own na­tional rail network af­ter neigh­bor­ing Gulf coun­tries fell be­hind on their rail projects that were sup­posed to link the six states from Kuwait to Oman.

A hyper­loop route could con­nect Abu Dhabi and Al Ain in eight to 12 min­utes, ac­cord­ing to a joint DMAT and Hyper­loopTT state­ment. This com­pares to the two hours it takes by car today.

The state­ment said it was “the only ini­tia­tive of its kind that has the sup­port of the gov­ern­ment of Abu Dhabi.” Hyper­loop One is also ex­plor­ing a route in Dubai con­nect­ing the emi­rate’s Expo site for when it hosts the world’s fair in 2020, ac­cord­ing to a re­port in lo­cal news­pa­per Gulf News yes­ter­day. —Reuters

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