The potential of commuting in under 12 minutes between Dubai and Abu Dhabi has advanced thanks to transportation innovation. Virgin’s Hyperloop was successfully tested in the Nevada desert with help from DP World, a company based in Dubai.
In the trial, two Hyperloop employees rode a “DevLoop” 500 meters in just 15 seconds, achieving 107 mph (172 kph). The Hyperloop intends to eventually reach 1,000 km/h speeds while using vacuum tubes to push pods at high speeds.
Although the most recent test took place in Nevada, the Hyperloop firm, based in Los Angeles, is investigating several locales for the technology’s implementation, including a route between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The journey time between the two Emirates would be significantly shortened if this Hyperloop connection were to become a reality.
The Hyperloop idea is based on magnetic levitation (maglev) trains, which increase speed by passing through vacuum tubes, and was inspired by Tesla founder Elon Musk. With a high speed of 374 mph in one test, Japan’s Maglev trains presently hold the world record for the fastest speed.