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Abu Dhabi TII announces Virgin Hyperloop R&D collaboration

ABU DHABI, December 15, 2020

The Technology Innovation Institute (TII), the dedicated applied research pillar of Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC), and Virgin Hyperloop, the leader in hyperloop development, today (December 15) announced their collaboration on research, innovation and localisation of the futuristic transportation method.
Transporting passengers and goods at speeds exceeding 1,000km/h, hyperloop is a completely new form of transport with the ambition to become the most sustainable means of mass transportation. 
As per the deal, TII and Virgin Hyperloop will explore research for hyperloop systems on the Abu Dhabi group’s premises, including pulsed power and magnetic levitation technologies and material sciences, which are key to developing the next-generation transport system.
Technology Innovation Institute has seven initial dedicated research centres in quantum, autonomous robotics, cryptography, advanced materials, digital security, secure systems, and directed energy. 
The partnership will involve cooperation between three of TII’s research centres; Directed Energy Research Centre (DERC), Autonomous Robotics Research Centre (ARRC) and Advanced Materials Research Centre (AMRC), said Faisal Al Bannai, Secretary General of ATRC; after signing the deal with Sultan Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World and Chairman of Virgin Hyperloop, during a virtual ceremony.
"As the R&D ecosystem in Abu Dhabi and the UAE continues to evolve at a rapid pace, particularly with the formation of the ATRC and TII, we are proud to partner with Virgin Hyperloop to achieve global breakthroughs in transportation, AI, and sustainable energy solutions," stated Al Bannai. 
"Advanced technology allows us to progress every aspect of life and collaborations with industry partners like Virgin Hyperloop help leverage it for the greater good," he added. 
Bin Sulayem pointed out that this joint collaboration will strengthen the position of the UAE as a global research hub. "We are one step closer to ushering in a new era of ultra-fast, sustainable movement of people and goods," he noted.
"Hyperloop is a cutting-edge technology that will drive entrepreneurship and leadership in the transportation space through the partnership with TII. This in turn will provide opportunities for economic growth through the creation of a strong R&D hub in line with the country’s vision," he added.
TII aims to help create a better world by developing the most advanced, disruptive technological innovations. 
"Examples of research within its centres include autonomous robotics for a demand responsive platform, materials for sustainable infrastructure, future autonomous robotics systems, energy saving innovations, and digital security and communications for hyperloop systems," said Bin Sulayem.
Virgin Hyperloop has been making major strides in advancing this new form of mass transportation. In November, transportation history was made when Virgin Hyperloop tested human travel in a hyperloop pod for the first time. 
"Abu Dhabi’s thriving technology sector will provide a perfect location as we look to advance hyperloop technology and foster successful public-private partnerships with key organisations within the ecosystem," remarked Harj Dhaliwal, Virgin Hyperloop’s Managing Director for the Middle East and India. 
"We are happy to support this opportunity for Abu Dhabi and the UAE to lead in innovative transportation and export that knowledge across the world," stated Dhaliwal.
"The partnership not only creates an opportunity for a research hub but also provides Abu Dhabi with a first mover advantage on a passenger and cargo system. A hyperloop network in the Arabian Gulf region could move up to 45 million passengers per year, powered by solar panels covering the tube," he added.-TradeArabia News Service


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