The future of public transport.
GITEX Technology Week already has a lot of things to show this week but one of our favorites is the Virgin Hyperloop One that’s located inside the Sheikh Maktoum Hall. Dubbed as the future of public transport, the Hyperloop One uses a unique electromagnetic propulsion system that enables it to travel at superfast speeds in specially-made tubes.
When it was announced by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), they said that travel time from Dubai to Abu Dhabi will take just 12 minutes – a normal drive from both emirates usually take about an hour. Work has already begun on the Hyperloop One in the UAE, with other routes also being planned, including one that will take you from UAE to Saudi Arabia.
A sample of the pod is currently on display at GITEX Technology Week, where you get the chance to see what it looks like inside the cabin. It looks small from the outside, but once you walk in you’ll be greeted by a spacious interior complete with luxurious leather seats. There’s a blue backlight that lines the insides of the cabin, and each seat comes with its own head and arm rest and of course seat belts.
The first part of the cabin with more spacious seating is likely for Gold Class, similar to the cabin arrangement found on the Dubai Metro. On the side of each seat is a panel that showcases the various information that you can see while you’re traveling: weather conditions, news, distance to destination and time. There are even Wi-Fi and USB ports onboard to keep you busy.
There’s also another window on the side that shows how fast you are going along with a map so you can see your current destination. No windows are present on the Hyperloop One of course since you’re traveling inside a tube.
It might be a while before we can experience Virgin Hyperloop One’s superfast transport system but consider us ‘hyped’.