Watch: This is what UAE's Hyperloop will look like
The company is expected to perform a public trial in the first half of 2017.
Hyperloop One released never-before-seen images of its development site (DevLoop) in the Nevada desert at Middle East Rail, held in Dubai in 2017.
The 500 meter-long DevLoop, which has a diameter of 3.3 meters, is located 30 minutes from Las Vegas in the Nevada desert. The company is expected to perform a public trial in the first half of 2017.
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The DevLoop trial will follow Hyperloop One's first public test of a prototype propulsion system, which took place in the same area less than twelve months ago in May 2016.
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Speaking at the conference, CEO of Hyperloop One, Rob Lloyd, also shared the company's vision for how Hyperloop One could transform the future of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) with a faster, more efficient and cleaner system of mobility.
A Hyperloop system is a new mode of transportation, capable of connecting to all modes of existing transportation and helping individuals be anywhere and move anything with on-demand autonomous transport. A Hyperloop One system would ease pressure on existing infrastructure and presents the potential for the Middle East to reinvent and transform transportation.
Benefits of Hyperloop include higher standards of safety than a passenger jet, close to half the construction and lower maintenance costs than high-speed rail and energy usage that is similar to a bicycle per kilogram-kilometer.
Hyperloop One estimates that around 4,000 vehicles travel every day between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, with traffic congestion in Dubai costing the economy $800 million in lost working hours. Reducing this commute to 12 minutes opens a whole new realm of options, and Hyperloop One shows an investment in a UAE Hyperloop network could unlock economic value 3.5 to 4 times over high speed rail.
Hyperloop One has announced a series of achievements in the last 12 months, demonstrating the company's rapid progress in developing the new form of transportation. One week ago, Hyperloop One convened a landmark innovation summit - The Hyperloop One Vision for India - in New Delhi, discussing how the company could integrate with and augment India's vast transportation network with reliable, clean and on-demand autonomous transport, connecting India's major cities at faster-than-airline speeds.
Held in Dubai on March 7-8, 2017, Middle East Rail brings together more than 350 construction and engineering companies, contractors and solution providers, regional and international railway operators to offer their services and present their plans for the future systems of transportation.
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