Hyperloop One and the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) have agreed to jointly evaluate a Hyperloop One system in greater Dubai and the UAE.
Hyperloop One will work with McKinsey & Co and the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) on a detailed feasibility study, which will be sponsored by the RTA.
With this agreement, the company moves into its next stage of progress in Dubai after a successful engagement in the Dubai Future Accelerators, which culminated in a presentation of Hyperloop One's value proposition to UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum.
Furthermore, Hyperloop One has unveiled an original concept for autonomous transportation in the UAE, including designs for the world's first Hyperloop One Portals. This is the equivalent of a station or airport and Hyperloop One Pods that can enable passengers to travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes, compared to a two-hour drive.
This work is the result of a collaboration between Hyperloop One and BIG's team of architects and engineers. Both announcements were made at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Hyperloop One executive chairman Shervin Pishevar said: "Technology is evolving and transforming how we live, yet we lack real innovation in mass transportation and the current system has stagnated. Hyperloop One is focused on transport that's far more efficient, fast and clean. It will change the dynamics of how we move goods and people.
"Dubai makes perfect sense for Hyperloop One because this is the 21st century's global transport hub and its leaders understand that Hyperloop One is ushering in the next era of transportation."
Under the agreement, Hyperloop One will work with McKinsey and BIG to evaluate the implementation of a passenger Hyperloop in Dubai.
This is the second partner agreement Hyperloop One has signed in Dubai and the sixth worldwide.
In August, the firm announced a deal to pursue a cargo Hyperloop One system with ports operator DP World at its deepwater Jebel Ali port in Dubai.
The company's expanding presence in the UAE underscores the demand for Hyperloop One technology for passengers and freight in the country.
RTA chairman Mattar Al Tayer said: "This is an opportunity to help transform the UAE from a technology consumer to a technology creator, incubating expertise for a new global industry, in line with the UAE's Vision 2021.
"With Hyperloop One, we will create a new means of transportation, keeping our region at the forefront of transportation technology and innovation."
Engineers, architects and designers from Hyperloop One and BIG have collaborated for six months to produce a comprehensive experience for Hyperloop travel.
Image: The trip from Dubai to Abu Dhabi will take only 15minutes. Photo: Courtesy of Hyperloop One.