It would use electric propulsion to transport a passenger or cargo pod through a low-pressure tube that is kept at a thousandth of the normal atmospheric pressure at sea level. Just by eliminating air resistance it would remove the main obstacle to high-speed.
In 2016 the first full-scale prototype has been tested in the Nevada desert. A project but not reality yet. So it comes as no surprise that Hyperloop (which changed its name to Hyperloop One in the meantime) received in October $50 million funding from DP World Group of Dubai, the third-largest ports operator in the world, to build a hyperloop system to move cargo throughout the United Arab Emirates and the world. What better place than Dubai to challenge technology and realize the fastest way to connect cities?
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) signed an agreement to start the feasibility study on the construction and operation of this transit network. The technology could cut the journey time between Dubai and Abu Dhabi to just 12 minutes, which currently takes almost two hours to connect the 157 kilometers between the two cities. Without considering the traffic.