Hyperloop Train Could Transport Cargo in Dubai Port

Signal of change / Hyperloop Train Could Transport Cargo in Dubai Port

By Li Lin Loh / 19 Oct 2016

"Shipping port industry colossus DP World Group of Dubai on Thursday joined backers of a US startup working on the futuristic super-speedy train concept Hyperloop. DP World Group, the third-largest port operator in the world, led a $50 million round of investment in Hyperloop One, according to the company.

DP World Group recently announced it is exploring the potential to use a Hyperloop system to move containers between ships docked at the port of Jebel Ali to a new inland depot in Dubai.

Earlier this year, Hyperloop One held its first public test in the desert outside Las Vegas, trying out engine components designed to rocket pods carrying people or cargo through tubes at speeds of 700 miles per hour (1,125 kilometers) or more.

The company one of the startups with its site set on realizing a futuristic vision for transportation at near-supersonic speeds laid out three years ago by billionaire Elon Musk, the entrepreneur behind electric car company Tesla and private space exploration endeavor Space X."

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