Virgin Hyperloop: The future of transit in Saudi Arabia

Virgin Hyperloop: The future of transit in Saudi Arabia
Under the initiative, Riyadh would become a transportation hub connecting cities such as Jeddah, and the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, with Hyperloop pods capable of carrying groups of 25 passengers comfortably at speeds of 1,000 km per hour. (Screenshot)
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Updated 23 July 2020

Virgin Hyperloop: The future of transit in Saudi Arabia

Virgin Hyperloop: The future of transit in Saudi Arabia
  • Riyadh would become a transportation hub connecting cities such as Jeddah, and the UAE capital Abu Dhabi

LOS ANGELES: American transportation technology company Virgin Hyperloop is gearing up to bring the “future of transit” to Saudi Arabia via a partnership agreement with the Kingdom’s Ministry of Transport.

Under the initiative, Riyadh would become a transportation hub connecting cities such as Jeddah, and the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, with Virgin Hyperloop pods capable of carrying groups of 25 passengers comfortably at speeds of 1,000 km per hour.

Describing the technology, Josh Giegel, co-founder and chief technology officer of the Los Angeles-based firm, told Arab News: “Going from A to B, direct to destination at the speeds of an aircraft, but inside a tube.

“So, small vehicles direct to destination using electromagnetic propulsion and magnetic levitation.

 

“Being able to have breakfast in Riyadh, go to prayer in Makkah, come back all in time for lunch, do everything that you need to do really gives you a new type of way of being a logistics hub for the actual entire GCC region,” he said.

 

The system would also allow for safer social distancing, thanks to the small group sizes, lack of frequent stops, and adaptive artificial intelligence, which would allow for additional pods to be added, as necessary.

“You’re automating the fleet. That allows you, if you only need a 50 percent capacity in a single pod, to do that without having to tape off seats and other things like that,” Giegel added.

The partnership began in February, and Hyperloop technology is still in development with testing being conducted in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company anticipates Hyperloop will be ready for the public by the end of the decade.


Najran governor cites programs benefiting people with disabilities

Updated 03 December 2020

Najran governor cites programs benefiting people with disabilities

Najran governor cites programs benefiting people with disabilities

NAJRAN: Thursday was the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and Najran Gov. Prince Jalawi bin Abdul Aziz took the opportunity to stress that Saudi Arabia’s leadership focuses on all segments of society.

Prince Jalawi was speaking during a meeting in his office with the head of the Najran Literary Club Saeed Al-Mardamah and disabled author Mahdi Al-Mutlaq, who presented the prince with a copy of his latest novel.

Prince Jalawi lauded Al-Mutlaq’s participation in literary and cultural events as an active member of the Saudi society.

He also expressed his support for the plan to hold an art exhibition for blind people from around the Kingdom in Najran.