The first people to ever travel on the Virgin Hyperloop have safely done so this week. Virgin Hyperloop’s first ever passenger testing phase has successfully begun, at a facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Josh Giegel, CTO and Co-Founder, and Sara Luchian, Director of Passenger Experience were the first to ride in the passenger pod.
Dubai-based provider of smart logistics solutions, DP World, has invested millions of dollars into the research and development of hyperloop technology.
The hyperloop uses vacuum technology to accelerate to speeds of up to 1,200 kilometres per hour, which will enable passengers to travel between Dubai and Abu Dhabi in just 12 minutes.
“Today’s successful passenger testing brings us one step closer to commercial hyperloop projects in the Gulf region,” said Harj Dhaliwal, Managing Director of Middle East and India for Virgin Hyperloop. “Fundamentally, hyperloop is about so much more than the technology – it’s about what it enables. The potential is enormous for the GCC to lead the world in hyperloop manufacturing, investment, and job creation.”