France-based Team Mobius has won first prize in Dubai’s International Hyperloop Competition, which saw six teams compete to design a prototype for a train to reduce travel time between Dubai and Fujairah to 10 minutes.
The finalists were chosen from a pool of 250 entries from 29 countries around the world.
Mobius was ranked first after the panel evaluated the projects from several perspectives, including their technical and economic aspects, as well as their actual ability to reinvent the high-speed transportation sector for passengers and cargo.
The panel also evaluated the degree of safety and security that the projects provide, as well their efficiency and sustainability.
In the finals stage, the qualifying teams presented their designs before the judging panel; each design had to lay plans for parallel hyperloop transportation systems – one for passengers, and another for cargo – that would eventually converge into one station.
The judging panel included specialists from the world’s largest information technology companies, as well as representatives from local and international government entities taking part in the competition, and representatives of government and private-sector institutions in Dubai, other parts of the UAE, the US, and the UK.
Saif Al Aleeli, CEO of Dubai Future Foundation, said: “Announcing the first-place winner of the Hyperloop Competition is a milestone that makes evident our resolve to move forward with our plans to build the future today.”