Dubai, the city from the future, announced a deal with Hyperloop to research building a train that could connect the city to Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes.
Hyperloop, the Los Angeles-based company, has been trying to find a location for its hyper-speed train since Tesla co-founder Elon Musk announced the idea back in 2013.
The system is a basically a long pipe that shoots pods filled with passengers from one end of the tube to the other, at speeds up to 760 mph. The pods levitate with a combination of electricity and magnetism.
The system would include installing several stations along the Hyperloop route, including one on Dubai’s major Sheikh Zayed Road. The tube itself would likely be built on stilts above the ground.
However the exact finances of the system did not seem to have been immediately discussed and Hyperloop’s technology is still under testing. According to the company, the cost of installing Hyperloop would be somewhere between installing a road and a high-speed rail.
“We do aspire to build the world’s first hyperloop here in the United Arab Emirates,” Hyperloop CEO Rob Lloyd told Associated Press. “That is our aspiration. We have a lot of work to do.”
The journey from Dubai to Abu Dhabi currently takes a little more than one hour.
A Hyperloop has also been proposed for eight-minute service between Vienna and Bratislava, but has yet to come to fruition.