Hyperloop system expected to connect Abu Dhabi with Al Ain in 12 minutes

Compared to two hours it takes by car, the new technology could connect to Al Ain within minutes

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Abu Dhabi has signed the United Arab Emirates’ second hyperloop feasibility study to build a futuristic high-speed transport system connecting the cities of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport (DMAT) and US-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) announced the agreement, which follows a similar study signed in Dubai last month.

Dubai’s Road & Transport Authority (RTA) and US-based Hyperloop One, a rival to HyperloopTT, agreed on Nov. 8 to explore routes between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Unproven technology

A hyperloop uses magnets to levitate pods inside an airless tube, creating conditions in which the pods can shuttle people and freight at speeds of up to 1,200 kms per hour.

The unproven technology is proposed as a replacement to existing rail infrastructure.

A hyperloop route could connect Abu Dhabi and Al Ain in eight to 12 minutes, according to a joint DMAT and HyperloopTT statement. This compares to the two hours it takes by car today.

The statement said it was “the only initiative of its kind that has the support of the government of Abu Dhabi.”