Is it a plane, is it a train? No, it’s Dubai’s Hyperloop


The interior of the first-class cabin inside the Hyperloop. Source: Vigrin Hyperloop One

DUBAI is gearing up to show passengers what the future of travel looks like.

Virgin Hyperloop One and the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) have been working together on a full-scale, immersive prototype pod which will demonstrate to passengers how the proposed Hyperloop will work.

Overseen by British tycoon Richard Branson, the Hyperloop is aiming to connect Dubai and Abu Dhabi in just 12 minutes.

But how?

A hyperloop, also known as a vactrain, is a shuttle system inside a sealed tube, propelled along using electromagnetics.

All the air is vacuumed out so the hyperloop vehicle can travel freely and at high speeds with no friction or wind resistance.

Traveling at speeds of up to 1,080 kilometers per hour, a hyperloop train could transport passengers 93 kilometers in just over 10 minutes.

But the high-tech design doesn’t only exist on the outside.

Changing the style of transport:


Passengers will be expected to remain seated for the Hyperloop journey. Source: Virgin Hyperloop One

Stepping inside the hyperloop reveals a comfortable, yet fittingly-futuristic interior, designed by BMW’s subsidiary, Designworks.

While you may expect the design to resemble the inside of a G-force simulator, passengers in first class will be met with adjustable leather seats and individual touchscreens.

Passengers will also be able to adjust the lighting surrounding their seat from shades of blue to pink and control the temperature of the chair.

In keeping with Dubai’s rich culture, Designworks also took inspiration from Arabic patterns while maintaining a contemporary, technologically progressive aesthetic.

The future of Dubai’s Hyperloop:

Virgin Hyperloop One seems set on opening the first passenger vactrain in Dubai and Branson doesn’t think it’s going to be long until passengers can whizz between cities in minutes.

“We’re talking about two to three years away, not many years away,” he told CNBC last weekend.

“My children and grandchildren are going to want the same things as I’m going to want — they’re going to want to get to places quicker.”

As of yet, no ticket prices have been revealed as there are still extensive safety tests to be carried out, including how to safely create emergency evacuations and combat inevitable travel sickness.

Nobody wants to see someone’s lunch flying through the cabin at 1,000 kilometers per hour.