In Pictures: Hyperloop passenger pod prototype unveiled in Dubai
Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), in collaboration with Virgin Hyperloop One, has unveiled the world's first prototype of a Hyperloop passenger pod as part of its participation in UAE Innovation Month
The prototype of the Hyperloop One passenger pod is on display at City Walk 2, in Dubai.
Hyperloop technology will reportedly allow people to travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes and shuttle up to 5,000 passengers per hour.
While the prototype on display is that of a passenger pod, Hyperloop One told Construction Week that the driverless mobility system will also operate cargo pods once it becomes operational.
Called the "Dubai pod", the prototype features two cabin classes (first and gold), and is designed for long-distance journeys.
The first class cabin will feature a lot of room to ensure a positive travel experience for commuters, according to Harj Dhaliwal, managing director for the Middle East and India at Virgin Hyperloop One.
Passenger pods, depending on use and travel distance, could include features like wireless charging and infotainment systems.
Pods will not have windows, but there will be screen displays showing journey information, such as travel speed and distance covered.
The gold class cabin of the passenger pod prototype.
The capacity of a Hyperloop One passenger pod could range from 12 to 80 people, said Dhaliwal.
Harj Dhaliwal, managing director for the Middle East and India at Virgin Hyperloop One.