Technology

Prototype design for Dubai Hyperloop passenger capsule unveiled

Posted on May 22, 2018

Working with Virgin Hyperloop One, and the Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai (RTA), Designworks helped create a prototype design for the Dubai hyperloop capsule. Image: Designworks
Working with Virgin Hyperloop One, and the Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai (RTA), Designworks helped create a prototype design for the Dubai hyperloop capsule. Image: Designworks
Working with Virgin Hyperloop One, and the Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai (RTA), Designworks helped create a prototype design for the Dubai hyperloop capsule. The design recently made its global debut at City Walk Dubai as part of UAE Innovation Month. This is the first time a physical, full-scale hyperloop prototype has been shown to a broad public audience.

Once built, the passenger capsule, electromagnetically propelled through a vacuum tube, could reach speeds up to 670 mph, potentially traveling from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in as little as 12 minutes. Virgin Hyperloop One is currently negotiating the next stage of development (Phase 2) with the RTA with the clear aim of building the world’s first hyperloop transportation system in the UAE / Middle East.

Designing for the future of mobility
"With the Virgin Hyperloop One design, we wanted to create a new visual expression for a new mode of public transportation" says Designworks LA Studio Design Director, Johannes Lampela.

Seats in the Virgin Hyperloop One capsule prototype by Designworks include integrated heating and cooling. Image: Designworks
Seats in the Virgin Hyperloop One capsule prototype by Designworks include integrated heating and cooling. Image: Designworks

The central challenge the Designworks team faced was how to create a comfortable and engaging interior with no windows, and a current requirement for passengers to be seated throughout the journey. Designworks took what might at first glance be a very restrictive environment and transformed it into a more personal and uplifting sensory experience that can be both memorable and enjoyable.

Innovation with human-centric design
The design concept suggested several ways of achieving this, through multidirectional and personally-controlled light, digital displays, and premium comfort — creating a sense of individualized space for each passenger. In first class, for example, adjustable leather seats feature touchscreens for personal settings for light brightness and color, allowing passengers to shift the light from blue to pink to set the mood. The seats include integrated heating and cooling. Passengers could enjoy personalized entertainment through built-in displays. In this way, the concept could create a more sophisticated and user-centered spatial experience that transcends the typical utilitarian notion of public transportation. Floor lighting is also aesthetically used to double as wayfinding.

To further enrich the passenger experience, designers took inspiration from traditional Arabic patterns, taking care to create intentional and relatable cultural references while also applying a more futuristic and progressive interpretation. The design is thus anchored in the cultural legacy of the kingdom while acknowledging its contemporary achievements and aspirations.








View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

DART's GoPass app wins APTA Innovation Award

The award honors public transit agencies that demonstrate innovative concepts or effective problem-solving techniques not previously applied in the industry.

N.Y.'s Transit Tech Lab looking to solve transportation challenges

With the first program proving to be so successful, other transportation providers including NJ TRANSIT and Amtrak are participating alongside the MTA this year.  

TransLoc partners with software firm to increase community feedback

With access to PublicInput.com’s software, TransLoc’s partner agencies can now offer riders an easy way to share their input on current service.

Laketran joins 12 transit systems to launch 'EZfare' mobile payment

Participants are members of NEORide, a council of governments comprised of 13 transit systems.

COTA launches 'Connector' mobile payment option

To utilize the service, customers create an account on COTA.com or directly in the Connector App, and load money electronically.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation