‘Hyperloop will be as cheap as taking the bus’
Hyperloop One bid to build fast line in five years
Taking a ride on a futuristic pod that will transport passengers from Dubai to Abu Dhabi within 12 minutes could be “as cheap as a bus ticket”, according to the creative director of the Hyperloop One.
The Hyperloop One aims to connect cities and countries around the world through high-speed travel, with levitating pods that will be able to travel up to 1,200kph inside a lowpressure tube.
The Roads and Transport Authority signed an agreement with Hyperloop One yesterday, which will allow the Hyperloop One team to study the high-speed routes that will connect the emirates.
The creative director of Hyperloop One, Colin Rhys, said: “We’ll have different kinds of pods – there’ll be a lux pod and a high capacity pod, where people are standing for more like a transit situation. But there won’t neces- sary be classes because we want Hyperloop to be as affordable as a bus ticket.
“I want to be able to go from here [Dubai] to Abu Dhabi for $6 [Dhs22] to $8 [Dhs29]. If you develop too much of a system, you then create this price bracket that people can’t even access.”
Each pod will be able to carry about four to six passengers. A person will be able to order a pod through a smartphone app and it will show up to their door. It will then take the passenger all of the way to their destination within minutes.
“It’s not like you’re driving to the airport, then you get on a train and then on a plane – it’s one experience the entire way... it’s like a living room experience when stepping into the pod,” Rhys added.
Rhys said that the first hyperloop system could be built in Dubai by 2020. The tunneling could be built underground as well as above the ground.
Josh Giegel, Hyperloop One’s President of Engineering, said: “By making autonomous vehicles an integral part of the development of the Hyperloop One system, we are introducing the idea of seamless, uninterrupted end-to-end mobility.
“Imagine stepping out of your villa in Dubai, into a self-driving vehicle that resembles your living room, and arriving just 48 minutes later at your office in Riyadh. That is what Hyperloop One can deliver.”
Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd said that more details of the project will be announced in the first quarter of next year, including the cost of the project and when the construction will begin.
He said the aim so far is to build in Dubai first then start building stops in other cities, such as Riyadh and Doha, and connecting them together.