Levitating Hyperloop pods that hurtle through underwater tunnels at 1,220 kph (760 mph) could some day arrive in Dubai.The city recently hosted a competition for designs related to the high-speed system first proposed by Tesla co-founder Elon Musk in 2013.
While the idea is still being tested, Dubai has already partnered with Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One to examine possible lines.
WHAT IS THE HYPERLOOP?
- Hyperloop is a proposed method of travel that would transport people at 740mph (1,200km/h) between distant locations.
- It was unveiled by Elon Musk in 2013, who said it could take passengers the 380 miles (610km) from LA to San Francisco in 30 minutes – half the time it takes a plane.
- It is essentially a long tube that has had the air removed to create a vacuum.
- The tube is suspended off the ground to protect against weather and earthquakes.
- Passengers would sit in either individual or group pods, which would then be accelerated with magnets.
- Capsules carrying six to eight people would depart every 30 seconds, with tickets costing around $20 each way.
- The cost of building a line from LA to San Francisco has been estimated at $16 billion although critics say it would be nearer $100 billion.
Musk has encouraged third-party firms to develop the technology. These firms include Hyperloop One and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT).
If the plans go ahead, and the technology proves successful, people could travel the 67 miles from Dubai to Fujairah in 10 minutes.
This currently takes just over 2 and a half hours to drive. If it spreads to the rest of the country, they could can travel the 190 miles from Abu Dhabi to Doha in 22 minutes.
Currently driving that distance takes just over six hours.