As the UAE continues to make ground-breaking forays into the world of smart technologies and mobility, Dubai-based DP World, a global logistics giant, has formed a new global company called DP World Cargospeed in collaboration with Virgin Hyperloop One. It aims to create an infrastructural network that will revolutionise transport, while connecting urban centres, rural landscapes, people and nature. The unique project, which will have far-reaching global implications, has officially inaugurated its first stage in Dubai.
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As the first initiative of its kind in the world, the partnership between DP World and Virgin Hyperloop One, will provide hyperloop-enabled cargo systems to support the fast, sustainable and efficient delivery of palletised cargo for high-priority, on-demand goods. The system is expected to match the speed of flight delivery and the cost of inland transport.
In a press release, Foster + Partners architecture firm, which is involved in the terminal design, says: “Across the globe, societies are moving towards an ‘on-demand’ lifestyle where goods and services are expected to move rapidly. Building on cargo’s historic role as the catalyst for transport revolutions, hyperloop is a new mode of transportation that moves freight quickly, safely, on-demand and connects seamlessly with existing modes of transportation.”
“Utilising the network capacity for freight, goods are directly transferred to autonomous vehicles and move quickly and efficiently to the heart of the city. Future ports will integrate Hyperloop technology for synchronised, seamless, intelligent movement of cargo,” adds the firm.
“We are pleased to be part of the team of DP World and Virgin Hyperloop One to pioneer this concept of a green and renewable system of transport. The movement of people and goods is part of the vital infrastructure that binds all our cities together – and cities are the future of our society,” says Norman Foster, founder and executive chairman, Foster + Partners, in a press statement by the firm. “As Hyperloop looks to reinvent urban transport and logistics, the city of the future is closer than we think. It is important we develop an integrated sustainable vision of infrastructure that will enable us to evolve and adapt our existing cities, and design new ones that will be in harmony with nature and our precious planet.”
The new hyperloop system presents a safe and clean environment, with no direct carbon emissions, adhering to its sustainable mandate by using renewable energy. Cargo is loaded into the Hyperloop pod which accelerates gradually by means of electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The pod floats above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag.
The news comes amidst a new statement released by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) which clarifies that there are currently no specific hyperloop routes planned within Dubai or between Dubai and the other emirates as previously reported. RTA has confirmed that the project is still under research and development, and that due to the complexities involved in a project of this magnitude, it’ll undertake thorough studies before implementing them and opening the routes for commercial and public use.