The first designs of the capsules that the Elon Musk-inspired Hyperloop are to use will be revealed on Monday as part of the London Design Festival. With the first iteration of the near-supersonic train being planned for Abu Dhabi in 2020, time is tight for the project, but Paul Priestman’s designs show that everything is full speed ahead.
The current design of the pods will take up to 40 passengers and is set to be unveiled at the event in London, which kicks off a week-long celebration of the British capital’s creative industries. The technology behind Hyperloop, which was first proposed by Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, in 2013, is based on magnetic levitation – by removing friction between the vehicle and the rails it allows the ‘train’ to travel at far higher speeds.
In 2016, a deal was agreed with US startup Hyperloop One that tested the feasibility of the construction of link between Dubai and Abu Dhabi that could reduce the 150km trip to just 12 minutes. Mr Musk has described the technology behind Hyperloop as “a cross between a Concorde, a railgun and an air hockey table”.
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