Watch out, Hyperloop hopefuls. Hyperloop One, one of several companies developing the technology to transport passengers between cities in minutes, just unveiled exciting new images of their full-scale test track in Nevada. Presenting at Middle East Rail in Dubai, they claimed they are “the only company building a functional Hyperloop system.”
At the Middle East conference Hyperloop One showed off images of their development site, which they call DevLoop. Their test track is around 1,640 feet long and has a diameter of 3.3 meters, or around 11 feet. It weighs over one million kilograms, or around 2.2 million pounds. As the company has been working towards developing their technology in Dubai, among other locations in the world like Finland and Russia, the images of the DevLoop demonstrate the progress they’ve made.
Hyperloop One presented their vision to transform transportation in the Middle East, according to their press release. They unveiled a map of potential travel times in the region; for example, the journey between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, which currently requires an hour and a half car ride, would only take a zippy 12 minutes by Hyperloop. They’ve also unveiled stunning renderings drawn up by none other than Bjarke Ingels Group of what a Middle Eastern Hyperloop terminal could look like.
Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd, who gave the international keynote address at Middle East Rail, said, “While technology is revolutionizing many facets of our lives, we have not seen a radical change in transportation since the Wright brothers introduced air travel over 100 years ago.” Co-founder and President of Engineering Josh Giegel participated in the address via video from the DevLoop site, and drew attention to the progress the company has made in a brief period of time. He said the Hyperloop One team has been “transforming what was, just over five months ago, a barren stretch of desert, into a hive of activity.”
At DevLoop, which is around 30 minutes away from Las Vegas, the company aims to hold a public trial of their technology in the first half of this year.
Images via Hyperloop One