On the occasion of the visit of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Virgin Hyperloop One presented a new version of its capsule, almost identical to the previous model.
Saudi Arabia is one of many countries that want a Hyperloop line. Let us recall that, under the impetus of Crown Prince Mohammed Ben Salman Al Saud, the kingdom launched a very ambitious high-tech megalopolis project called Neom. And the Hyperloop is one of the futuristic means of transport that the country intends to equip itself with alongside taxi drones and other autonomous cars.
Virgin Hyperloop One now seems well placed to establish itself in Saudi Arabia. A few days ago, the company received a visit from the Crown Prince and presented him with a new version of his Hyperloop capsule in the colors of the Wahhabi kingdom.
Link Riyadh to Jeddah in 1 h 16 min
This new prototype, which can be seen in action in the video above, actually seems very close to the Virgin Hyperloop One capsule which broke its first speed record last December. Moreover, the company does not mention any particular technical developments and even less any progress regarding performance. The official support of the sovereign of Saudi Arabia is apparently a significant communication move.
In its press release, the company mentions the time saving offered by a Hyperloop line linking the capital Riyadh to the port city of Jeddah, some 850 km as the crow flies. The journey would be barely one h 16 min, compared to 10 hours at present. And a connection between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, would take 48 minutes, instead of 8 hours and 30 minutes.
Virgin Hyperloop One unveils its new capsule in Dubai.
Hyperloop One has unveiled a full-size prototype of its capsule whose interior has been designed by BMW. It is on display in Dubai, which wants to become the first city in the world to have an operational line in 2020.
Already well advanced in the development of its ultra-fast train, Virgin Hyperloop One is working to communicate with the general public by unveiling a capsule prototype revealing what the interior of this means of transport of the future will look like. The presentation took place in Dubai.
This city in the United Arab Emirates has signed an agreement with the American company to create a line linking it to the capital Abu-Dhabi in twelve minutes. A journey that currently takes almost two hours by car. Developed by Virgin Hyperloop One and the Dubai Transport Authority, the capsule will offer two travel classes.
10.000 passengers per hour for Hyperloop One capsules
The “gold” class will offer a separate private space with only four seats. The “silver” class will contain 14 seats generously spaced from each other. The minimalist interior decoration does not include windows but perforated side panels located at seat level. These were designed by the car manufacturer BMW, without anyone knowing what motivated this choice. On the ground, a luminous marking is supposed to materialize the movement and the speed.
Passengers will be able to distract themselves with individual screens. They will have to keep their belts fastened for the duration of the precise Virgin Hyperloop One journey. The line connecting Dubai to Abu Dhabi is expected to be operational from 2020. According to local authorities, up to 10,000 passengers could travel each hour in both directions.