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An autonomous transport pod that cuts down travel time from Dubai to Abu Dhabi is currently in the works.
Last February, Virgin Group and Dubai’s Road Transport Authority (RTA) revealed a prototype for the Hyperloop One. This new means of transportation uses Hyperloop technology, which reduces friction and allows passengers to travel up to 1,200 kilometers per hour or thrice the average speed of a bullet train.
Hyperloop One aims to connect the two cities and reduce the 90-minute drive to 12 minutes. It can accommodate a maximum of 10,000 passengers, with each pod having a 10-passenger capacity. Despite the windowless carriages, passengers can still travel sophisticatedly with the pod’s BMW-made leather seats that are equipped with interactive entertainment screens.
This project is part of the RTA’s plan to make 25% of the country driverless by 2030. The RTA also said that the United Arab Emirates intends to become a technology-creating country instead of a technology-consuming one.
In line with this, the country has already scheduled the 2030 Dubai Future Accelerator’s program—a gathering of Dubai’s most innovative companies. This program serves as an opportunity for the companies to partner with the government in order to conceive and develop viable innovations in fields like AI and robotics, biotechnology, and 3D printing.
At present, Dubai already has plans for self-driving electric cars and a driverless flying taxi. Dubai also has the world’s first 3D-printed office and several man-made islands. The city is also equipping firefighters with jetpacks and the police force with robots.