Bjarke Ingels Group has released a full video as well as concept images of Dubai’s first ever high-speed transport system which will reduce travel time between Dubai and Abu Dhabi to 12 minutes.
Supported by Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) and LA-based mobility company Hyperloop One, the design showcases a fleet of pods that transport passengers to Hyperloop’s main transport hub. The passengers will then move to larger capsules, which then travel across a network of elevated tubes to their desired destinations.
The circular station known as a portal is set to be located at the foot of the Burj Khalifa.
“With Hyperloop One we have given form to a mobility ecosystem of Hyperpods and Hyperloop One Portals, where the waiting hall has vanished, along with waiting itself,” says Bjarke Ingels, founder, BIG.
One of the main aims of the design is to eliminate waiting hours, therefore the portal doesn’t feature any waiting waiting halls with the result of high arrival and departure times.
The departure gates are numbered and arranged in tiers around the edge of the portal. Pods of six passengers are loaded onto a transporter – a pressurised vessel attached to a chassis for levitation and propulsion- that can travel at a speed of 1,100 kilometres per hour.
One the pods have arrived at their destination, they are then “hyperjumped” into another portal before travelling onto the road to drop passengers at their final destination.
“Collective commuting with individual freedom at near supersonic speed: we are heading for a future where our mental map of the city is completely reconfigured, as our habitual understanding of distance and proximity – time and space – is warped by this new form of travel,” Ingels added.
RTA and Hyperloop One have signed an agreement today to jointly explore the potential workings of the high-speed route.
“We are now at a stage where, from a technological point of view, we could have a Hyperloop One system built in the UAE in the next five years. Our agreement with the RTA is the biggest step yet towards achieving this goal,” said Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop One.
In addition to connecting Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes, Hyperloop One’s plans also include commuter time to Riyadh in 48 minutes, Doha in 23 minutes and Muscat in 27 minutes.
“By making autonomous vehicles an integral part of the development of the Hyperloop One system, we are introducing the idea of seamless, uninterrupted end-to-end mobility,” said Josh Giegel, Hyperloop One’s President of Engineering.
“Imagine stepping out of your villa in Dubai, into a self-driving vehicle that resembles your living room, and arriving just 48 minutes later at your office in Riyadh. That is what Hyperloop One can deliver.”