First prototype of Hyperloop One passenger pods unveiled in Dubai

Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), in collaboration with Virgin Hyperloop One, has unveiled the world’s first prototype of a Hyperloop passenger pod as part of  UAE Innovation Month.

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The full-scale model of the passenger pod was display at City Walk in Dubai, showcasing two cabin classes- first and gold.

The spaceship-like capsule comprises of a white interior with cream and beige leather seating, designed by German car manufacturer BMW, according to Khaleej Times.

“There will be no windows. However, there will be interactive entertainment screens at the armrest of the seats. The seats have been designed in a very futuristic manner,” Abdulredha Abu Alhassan, executive director at the RTA, told Khaleej Times.

Passenger pods, depending on use and travel distance, could include features like wireless charging and infotainment systems.

The first class cabin will feature a lot of room to ensure a positive travel experience for commuters, according to Harj Dhaliwal, managing director for the Middle East and India at Virgin Hyperloop One.

The interiors also feature blue and red neon lighting, illuminated across the walkway, as well as the walls and ceiling of the pods, in addition to being embedded in the passenger seating.

The capacity of a Hyperloop One passenger pod could range from 12 to 80 people, said Dhaliwal.

Hyperloop technology will reportedly allow people to travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes and shuttle up to 5,000 passengers per hour.

First conceived by Tesla and Space X founder Elon Musk in 2013, following a major investment from Virgin, the transportation system was renamed Virgin Hyperloop One in October 2017.

Last year, architect Bjarke Ingels revealed a concept design and video outlining how the fast-speed transportation system would operate when completed.

During Middle East Rail last year, Virgin Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd said the Hyperloop could transform the GCC both socially and economically. 

Last week, RTA also announced that is has identified UAE routes for the Hyperloop.

Related story: Futuristic ‘Hyperloop hotel’ concept design revealed

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