High-speed carrier Virgin Hyperloop to showcase passenger and cargo pods at Expo 2020

Upon arrival at the FLOW pavilion, visitors will see a life-size replica of a commercial pod, measuring almost 10 meters in length.
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Dubai: Futuristic US carrier Virgin Hyperloop will showcase a full-scale hyperloop cargo pod and cross-sectional passenger pod as part of the DP World pavilion at Expo 2020.

Hyperloop technology, in which Dubai and Abu Dhabi have made significant investments, will make it possible to cover vast distances in minutes rather than hours. For example, the Dubai-Abu Dhabi trip could take 12 minutes if the hyperloop is successful. Whether it is passengers or freight, the movement will be done through pods.

After successful passenger testing, Virgin Hyperloop is now working on the regulation and certification of hyperloop systems. The company aims to achieve safety certification by 2025, with business operations starting in 2030.

Visitors will see a full-scale replica of a commercial cargo pod, which is nearly 10 meters long. Once in the pavilion, they will be able to sit inside a cutaway passenger cabin with production intent finishes to see what future hyperloop travel will look like.

If necessary, they can learn more about the technology and its future impact through interactive displays, videos and models. “The constant flow of goods has always been the engine of innovation in the transportation sector and now more than ever we must continue to sustain the industry,” said Sultan bin Sulayem, President of DP World and Virgin Hyperloop.

The pavilion will open its doors as part of Expo 2020 on October 1 and will run until March 31, 2022. The exhibition is open to the public every day from 10 am.

“The World’s Fair has launched the most advanced innovations for centuries, so we are honored to bring hyperloop technology to this global stage with DP World,” said Josh Giegel, CEO and co-founder of Virgin Hyperloop. “I hope visitors can imagine the not-so-distant future in which they will be passengers on a hyperloop trading system in the Gulf region and beyond.”

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