BASE OF THE TUBE

Dubai 2017 | TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS | COLUMN

TBY talks to Rob Lloyd, CEO, Hyperloop One, on the sector.

Rob Lloyd

How are you implementing the Hyperloop technology in the Emirate?

The technology is based on five components; it is in a closed environment, a tube, in which we reduce the pressure using pumps and therefore the resistance of any object that travels through that environment. We then use an all-electric linear motor fixed to the base of the tube that can be powered by standard grid, wind, or solar power. The vehicle, which we call a pod, can carry either cargo or passengers, and in some cases both. It is levitated off a track via passive magnetic levitation, and the electric motor moves it forward with little resistance and no friction. We can achieve speeds of around 700mph (1223kph), faster than any aircraft. The absence of friction means less maintenance and fewer other friction-related issues found in other modes of transport, and there is no noise pollution either. We are building a control system that allows us to interface with other modes of transport, and thus far we see great interest in connecting to high-density centers like airports, city centers, existing metro stations, and trains. We envision this technology being the backbone of future transportation.