Dubai 2016 – BIG and Hyperloop One reveal a supersonic and autonomous transport system connecting Abu Dhabi with Dubai in just 12 minutes. Passenger capsules are transported at 1.100 km/h for over 120 km through a low pressure tube, elevated over the land.
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“With Hyperloop One we have given form to a mobility ecosystem of pods and portals, where the waiting hall has vanished along with waiting itself” says BIG founding partner Bjarke Ingels to Archipanic.
The design is based on a study of how an urban and inter-city transport network should integrate with existing infrastructure. The stations which are called portals are selected by passenger density and proximity to existing or planned transportation hubs. Watch the video of Hyperloop One levitation test.
Each portal features immediately visible departure gates. From here, passengers can board pods that have room for 6 people. The pods are contained within a transporter, a pressure vessel attached to a chassis for levitation and propulsion that can accelerate the transporter to supersonic speed.
The relatively small unit-size of the pods paired with a high arrival- and departure-rate allows for on-demand travel. Different interior environments and seating arrangements offer passengers a travel experience tailored to their needs, whether traveling solo or in groups, for business meetings or casual trips.
“Hyperloop One combines collective commuting with individual freedom at near supersonic speed” say Bjarke Ingels. “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 virgin form of travel” says Bjarke Ingels.
The pods operate autonomously from the transporter, which means they are not limited to the portal area and can move on regular roads and pick up passengers at any point. At portals, pods are loaded onto the transporter and hyperjump to another portal, where they merge onto the street and drop passengers off at their final destination.
“Hyperloop is about creating a love for the new possibilities out there. With Hyperloop, city planning can happen far from the city centers as physical distances are virtually eliminated,” says BIG Partner and Head of BIG Ideas Jakob Lange. “And we are not waiting for new technology to realize it. We have everything we need’.
All photos: courtesy of BIG.