Hyperloop passenger pod on display at Dubai Expo 2020
Words by Rob Chilton
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Visitors to Expo will get a sneak preview of the Hyperloop pod that could enable commuters to travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in just 12 minutes.
The futuristic vehicle from Virgin Hyperloop will be on show at Expo 2020 Dubai, which opens to the public on October 1. Expo visitors will be able to enter the pod and sit down to understand how a journey might feel when the revolutionary new form of travel is green lit.
A series of interactive displays, videos and models will further explain Hyperloop, which is expected to open for commercial travel between Dubai and the UAE capital around 2030. The first successful passenger trip on Virgin Hyperloop took place at the Nevada testing site in November 2020.
As well as the passenger pod, a 10-metre long cargo container will also be presented at DP World’s Flow pavilion at Expo 2020. Both pods can travel at 1,080kmh using eco-friendly electric propulsion and electromagnetic levitation. “The constant flow of goods has historically driven innovation in the transportation sector and now more than ever, we must continue to future-proof the industry,” said Sultan bin Sulayem, chairman of DP World and Virgin Hyperloop.
Since the first Expo in 1851, the cultural festival has historically unveiled new technology such as television and the mobile phone. The Dubai Expo 2020 will showcase a 3D robotic arm, 4D printing of live cells, and more than 100 robots.
“World Expos have been debuting the most cutting-edge innovations for centuries, so we are honoured to showcase Hyperloop technology on this global stage,” said Josh Giegel, CEO and co-founder of Virgin Hyperloop. “I hope that visitors will be able to imagine the not-too-distant future in which they are passengers on a commercial hyperloop system in the Gulf region and beyond.”
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