Hyperloop technology continues to be talked about and it appears Dubai is getting closer to having a workable solution. Designworks, a company that is part of BMW, has been teaming up with Virgin Hyperloop One and Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai (RTA) to create a prototype design for the Dubai Hyperloop capsule.
The latest movement was recently unveiled at City Walk Dubai as part of UAE Innovation Month. According to media reports, this was the very first time a full-scale Hyperloop prototype had been shown to the public and the event generated a great deal of buzz.
A number of 1st class pods that had a futuristic aesthetic with integrated touch screens and white leather seats were shown off at the event. Passengers have the ability to shift the light from blue to pink to set the mood in the pods that were also equipped with personalised entertainment through built-in displays.
“With the Virgin Hyperloop One design, we wanted to create a new visual expression for a new mode of public transportation,” says Designworks Design Director Johannes Lampela.
The Hyperloop works by electromagnetically propelling capsules through a vacuum tube. The technology has the potential to reach speeds of up to 1,080 kilometres per hour and it could potentially travel from Abu Dhabi to Dubai in as little as 12 minutes.
Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk is the brains behind the technology. Hyperloop has been described, as the ‘largest real estate distruptor’ of this generation since land prices within commuting distance of Hyperloop stations could increase significantly should the technology come to fruition.