The development is a follow up on a 2016 agreement wherein HyperloopTT had signed up for a feasibility study with Abu Dhabi’s municipal affairs and transport department for the futuristic mass transit system.
On Wednesday, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) stated, it plans on building an ultra-fast hyperloop track in Abu Dhabi in the third quarter of 2019.
Hyperloop systems use magnets to levitate pods inside an airless tube, thus creating conditions in which the pods can shuttle comutters and freight at speeds of up to 750 miles (1,200 km) per hour. The technology is likely to replace existing rail infrastructure in the near future.
As part of its statement, HyperloopTT stated Dar Al-Handasah, a design and engineering firm had invested an undisclosed amount in it and would be the lead designer on the Abu Dhabi project.
In April 2018, HyperloopTT had signed a contract with Abu Dhabi’s state-controlled Aldar Properties to build a 10 kilometer track near the border with Dubai.
In 2016, HyperloopTT had signed a contract with Abu Dhabi’s municipal affairs and transport department for a feasibility study to connect Abu Dhabi city with Al Ain along the Oman border.
Incidentally, Dubai is backing rival Virgin Hyperloop One to build a hyperloop transportation system.