BMW designs "human-centric" Hyperloop One passenger sheathing for Dubai network

BMW-owned creative visitor Designworks has designed a "human-centric" interior for the Virgin Hyperloop One sheathing to be used on the Dubai system.

The diamond made its global debut older this year in February, with a full-scale model of the passenger pod presented at Dubai's City Walk mall.

However, official images of the interior were kept under wraps, as was the name of the designer.

It has now been confirmed that Designworks, owned by German automobile visitor BMW, worked with Virgin Hyperloop One, and Dubai's Road Transport Authority (RTA), to create the pods' interiors.

The pods have a sleek, futuristic aesthetic, with adjustable white leather seats and integrated touch-screens.

BMW designs "human-centric" Hyperloop One passenger sheathing for Dubai network

Designworks aimed to create a increasingly sophisticated and "user-central" spatial wits that goes vastitude the conventional utilitarian idea of public transport.

"With the Virgin Hyperloop One design, we wanted to create a new visual expression for a new mode of public transportation," said Designworks diamond director Johannes Lampela.

"The inside rencontre the Designworks team faced was how to create a well-appointed and engaging interior with no windows, and a current requirement for passengers to be seated throughout the journey," said the company.

"Designworks took what might at first glance be a very restrictive environment and transformed it into a increasingly personal and uplifting sensory wits that can be both memorable and enjoyable," it added.

Planned to launch as soon as 2020, the high-speed transportation system will take passengers on the 87 mile-long (140 kilometres) journey between the Dubai and Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes – a route that takes virtually 90 minutes by car.

Each 8.7-metre-long pod, designed to unbend up to 10 people, is electromagnetically propelled through a semi-vacuum tube. Floating whilom the track, the capsules could reach speeds up to 1,080 kilometres per hour.

For the pods Designworks team aimed to achieved a "human-centric" interior through "multidirectional and personally-controlled light, digital displays, and premium comfort."

The seats moreover include integrated heating and cooling, and passengers can enjoy personalised entertainment through seated displays.

Designworks took diamond cues from traditional Arabic patterns for the interior, in a bid to combine a futuristic vision with intentional cultural references.

The diamond is "anchored in the cultural legacy of the kingdom while supporting its trendy achievements and aspirations."

Virgin Hyperloop One is currently negotiating the next stage of minutiae with the RTA, with the aim of towers the world’s first hyperloop transportation system in the Middle East.

Hyperloop was first conceived by Tesla and Space X founder Elon Musk in 2013, but the billionaire entrepreneur is no longer directly involved with any companies developing the technology.

Links are proposed for many destinations virtually the world, by a range of well-known architects and designers. BIG has designed a hyperloop system for Dubai while, in inside Europe, there is a proposal to connect Bratislava, Vienna and Budapest.

Progress is moreover stuff made in the USA, where Elon Musk's Boring Visitor has been given permission to start construction of a Washington DC to New York hyperloop tunnel.

More recently, Foster Partners released a video showing its vision for a high-speed freight-carrying hyperloop named DP World Cargospeed – the first hyperloop proposal from the British tracery studio.

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