Virgin Hyperloop One has been chosen by the US Department of State to represent the USA at Expo 2020, the first World’s Fair to be held in the Middle East.
The “festival of human ingenuity” will highlight global innovations in the fields of opportunity, mobility and sustainability. Michigan-based George P. Johnson Experience Marketing will be responsible for curating the exhibit and experience design.
“Expo 2020 follows on a rich 150-year-old global tradition of World Expos that have had a significant positive impact on transformative technologies and global cultural symbols,” said Jay Walder, CEO for Virgin Hyperloop One. “The Eiffel Tower, the Seattle Space Needle, the telephone, and the television were all former showcase items. However, Expos are not just about iconic buildings and innovations, but gatherings where nations come together to with the common goal of bringing innovation to the masses.”
The US Pavilion will showcase the theme ‘What Moves You’ and will feature technological innovations in mobility and diverse commercial opportunity through the US, with Virgin Hyperloop One as one of the core components. The Virgin Hyperloop One part of the exhibit will feature pods that physically simulate how it would feel to ride in the system. This will give participants the first chance to interact with the pods, which will resemble the ones used in commercial operations.
“We couldn't be more pleased to have California based Virgin Hyperloop One join the U.S. Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai as one of our flagship experiences,” said Frederick Bush, Lead for Pavilion USA 2020. “During the next "world's fair," the United States will feature many of the ways we are leading the world in mobility innovation. This partnership will give millions their first glimpse into the emerging hyperloop industry and make all Americans proud of the role we continue playing in moving the world forward. I cannot think of a single technology more poised to change the world and no company better positioned to showcase it.”
In addition, Virgin Hyperloop One’s largest investor DP World will also feature at Expo 2020, as the Expo’s Premier World Trade Partner. They will build out an exhibit to feature DP World Cargospeed, the cargo brand under Virgin Hyperloop One.
“Historically, cargo has always driven innovation in transportation and we see hyperloop technology as absolutely essential to the expanding market of on-demand, sustainable global shipping,” said Sultan bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World and Virgin Hyperloop One. “Having Virgin Hyperloop One featured as a prominent symbol of global innovation at Expo 2020 is thrilling for us since we are so invested in the company – not just financially, but as believers in their unique technology.”
Virgin Hyperloop One is working on projects in the Middle East, Europe, India and the US with a mission to create the first revolution in more than 100 years. Currently, Virgin Hyperloop One is the only company in the world that has successfully tested its technology at scale. Learn more about Virgin Hyperloop One’s technology, vision and ongoing projects on its website.