On Tuesday, startup Hyperloop One announced that it had signed a deal with Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to conduct a number of feasibility studies on potential Hyperloop routes in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Earlier this year, the company agreed to develop a Hyperloop cargo offloader at the port and later received $50 million from Dubai’s port operator, DP World. These new feasibility studies commissioned by RTD seem aimed at transporting humans as well as cargo, however. The Hyperloop is a concept advanced in recent years by Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. Musk’s plans suggested using low-friction tubes to send pods through at 700mph, but the CEO declined to put resources toward building a Hyperloop and offered his ideas to any startup that wanted to attempt to bring it to market. Hyperloop One was one of those startups; another group called Hyperloop Transportation Technologies relies on volunteer work from NASA, SpaceX, Boeing, and Tesla engineers. In addition, 29 research and student groups were recently selected out of a larger group of 129 to show off their designs at a Hyperloop contest sponsored by SpaceX next year. But Hyperloop One seems to be making inroads faster than others, despite an ongoing… Read full this story
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