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Dubai gets aboard the Hyperloop train

by • August 15, 2016 • 9s Comments

Hyperloop may be heading to the Middle East, thanks to a new deal signed on Monday between Hyperloop One and port operator DP World. The partnership calls for a feasibility study of how the nascent, ultra-fast transport innovation may improve Dubai’s Jebel Ali Port, but both parties hope which is definitely just the beginning.

The study can appear at the possibility of assembling a Hyperloop to take freight off container ships arriving at Jebel Ali and transport it via the innovation’s process of pods moving through pressurized tubes to an inland depot which DP World plans to create additional inland.

“By having a process where a box can be taken off a ship and dropped into the tube or pod, we are moving activity which may otherwise be on the island terminal as well as reducing the dimensions of the terminal you require to create,” said Hyperloop One founding board member Peter Diamandis.

The Los Angeles-based startup says a Hyperloop can fit inside Dubai’s existing transportation corridors and may reduce freeway traffic by bringing cargo transport trucks off roads. DP World says it can actually foresee via a “submerged floating Hyperloop” located upcoming to its massive new terminal created on a man-made island.

Hyperloop One isn’t the just startup appearing to commercialize a edition of the innovation originally open sourced by Elon Musk three years ago. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has its own plans for a pilot passenger track in California. But Hyperloop One has been stealing all the headlines lately, with public tests at the site of its new Nevada construction facility and other initiatives in Russia and Finland.

Even with the latest in a string of globe-trotting agreements, we’ve yet yet to see a fish Hyperloop proof of concept. Regardless, it appears the of the world Hyperloop race is on and Dubai is now in the mix.

“We firmly believe which this study is the initially step towards the construction of the Hyperloop in Dubai,” said Shervin Pishevar, cofounder and Executive Chairman of Hyperloop One.

Source: Hyperloop One

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