Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (Hyperloop TT), the firm behind the world’s first planned commercial hyperloop system in Abu Dhabi, has submitted generic guidelines to regulate the ultra-high speed technology to the EU.
The development comes after similar moves in the US when Elaine Chao, the country’s Secretary for Transport, this March announced the formation of a council to explore the prospect of commercialising hyperloop technology in America.
Hyperloop TT said the first finalised generic guideline for the design, operation, and certification of hyperloop systems was presented to the director of land transport at the directorate-general for mobility and transport (DG Move) of the European Commission in Brussels.
The guidelines were created in partnership with testing, certification, and inspection firm TUV, the group added in a statement.
Hyperloop TT said the submission marked a “critical step to begin the process of regulating hyperloop systems by the [EU]”.
It added: “The guideline builds on the completion of the core safety requirements and the implementation of certification processes as well as further development for the construction and operation of hyperloop systems worldwide.”
Hyperloop TT’s chief executive officer, said: "It is important to create unified standards and procedures with Hyperloop TT's system along with other potential system providers.”
The GCC is largely ahead of the pack globally when it comes to commercialising hyperloop technology, which uses electromagnetic propulsion to accelerate pods through a low-pressure tube.
The UAE plans to build the world’s first commercial hyperloop system in Abu Dhabi, with construction set to start on Hyperloop TT’s planned network in Q3 2019.
The project is now past the feasibility stage, according to an announcement by the Bibop Gresta-led firm in January 2019.