Futuristic transport company Hyperloop One, which has been designed to explore the possibilities of entrepreneur Elon Musk’s idea for a transport system that can travel at the speed of sound, has announced that it will be partnering up with DP World in order to test the viability of unloading containers at its flagship Port of Jebel Ali, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman and CEO of DP World, said: “We have to be creative to sustain our business. This is a game changer for the terminal handling operation as it is today.”
If successful, Mr Bin Sulayem said: “…this will re-engineer our thinking world-wide.”
The technology is based on the concept of transporting people or freight in suspended capsules which could reach speeds of more than 700 miles per hour.
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The vehicle is autonomous and glides above the track in a low-pressure environment.
Hyperloop One recently announced the opening of Hyperloop One Metalworks, the first Hyperloop manufacturing plant in the world.
The facility is going to be used to test many of the components that will be going into DevLoop, the first Hyperloop prototype, which will be tested in 2017.
This follows news that the system accelerated a sled to 116 miles per hour (mph) in only 1.1 seconds during a test phase.
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