If all goes according to plan, perhaps a new system to revolutionize delivery may just be on the horizon – and Dubai will be at the forefront. This is courtesy of collaborative plans between Emirates-based DP World and US-based Virgin Hyperloop one, all of which may take the world by storm. Enter Cargospeed.
DP World, a popular supply chain based in the United Arab Emirates, has formed a collaboration with startup Virgin Hyperloop One to create a vast change in the freight industry that may revolutionize the way people see deliveries. The collaboration, called DP World Cargospeed, seeks to take advantage of super-fast capsules that will take land-based cargo transportation to its limits.
The venture, if fully realized, is said to deliver cargo at almost the “speed of flight” but at the same time be approximately close to the costs of hiring trucks. Unfortunately, details on delivery prices have yet to be announced.
Going All-Electric: Leveraging On Hyperloop
DP World Cargospeed seeks to accomplish this objective by leveraging on Hyperloop’s popularized all-electric technology. While much of it is still on its testing phase, the plan is pretty straightforward. A tightly-sealed capsule is sent inside a vacuum tube, only to be “propelled” by magnets through a process called magnetic levitation.
For the scientifically-inclined, the low-pressure environment the vacuum tube creates will help reduce drag, which then allows higher speeds to be attained without the constraints of Earth’s environments. The idea, created by innovator and futurist Elon Musk, is already being developed by a lot of companies that seek to take advantage of the rather ambitious technology.
Virgin Hyperloop One has publicized some of its tests on the matter, where one test capsule has apparently reached top speeds of 240 mph or 387 kmph. Scientists and researchers from the company specified they aim to reach top speeds of 1,000 kmph.
Rob Lloyd, Hyperloop One CEO, wrote in a blog post that should all go well, a supposed four-day journey by truck could be cut to as fast as 16 hours. Although costs are right now estimated to be about 50-percent higher compared to usual transit via truck, it will evidently be around five times cheaper when compared to air transport.
Interestingly, the Hyperloop One technology is also pegged to be used for both passenger and freight transport. In fact, Hyperloop is already at talks with Saudi Arabia, India, and UAE as to which country may fully support a fully-functional Hyperloop line. A theoretical line between Abu Dhabi and Dubai may cut a supposed 90-minute drive to less than 20 minutes.
The endeavor, if successful, can make a huge shift in both business and consumer behavior and perception towards e-commerce. It’s projected that global e-commerce will likely see a growth towards $4.1-trillion as an industry as early as 2020, and that a desire for rapid delivery is something to expect with this kind of growth.
Such an improvement can also be of great help to other industries, especially for things such as medical supplies and food which may greatly benefit from technology such as those offered by Hyperloop.
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