Hyperloop – The future of Transportation

Jun 21 2017

Every era witnesses a new invention or discovery that glorifies the pioneers of that particular generation. When an invention benefits the whole of mankind, it is deemed as iconic. Similar is the curious case of Hyperloop. Over the past years, a lot has been heard about this futuristic technology. Though the concept is still at a nascent stage, the technology holds immense potential as will revolutionize the way we travel not just internationally, but within the regional borders.

Concept of Hyperloop

Hyperloop is a futuristic mode of transportation conceived by Elon Musk, CEO the aerospace firm SpaceX that transports people and freight at a lightning speed from the one destination to another. The Hyperloop vehicle is a capsule or a pod that hovers inside a tube with low air pressure, and like a jet plane at high altitude, experiences little air resistance. The remaining air in front of the capsule is moved to the back using a compressor, allowing for speeds up to 760 mph, with very low energy consumption.

The entire tube system is built on pylons, lowering the cost of land acquisition, making it impervious to weather conditions, earthquakes, and crashes. Hyperloop is self-sustaining, due to its use of passive magnetic levitation, regenerative braking, solar power, and other renewable energy resources.

Self-sustaining energy strategies when combined with simplified and efficient designs directly results in lower operational and construction costs, which translates into low ticket price projections

Company Showcase

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

Founded in 2013, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc. (HTT) was first featured on JumpStartFund, a unique crowdfunding and crowdsourcing incubator platform. HTT is a collaborative organization built within the egalitarian ecosystem of a company that values its contributors. Collaborations with groups such as Atkins, Leybold Corporation, and Deutsche Bahn have resulted in tremendous advancement of the Hyperloop transportation system, setting stage for commitment to an installation in Quay Valley, California.

HTT has an exclusive agreement with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to utilize their passive magnetic levitation system as the core of low-cost, safety-conscious construction and design in the Hyperloop. The company has partnered with more than 600 professional team members who provide the company with engineering, physics, legal, human resources, media relations, logistics, and construction talent to fuel a company that is uniquely collaborative and talent-laden.

Development of Hyperloop

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies envisions national and international networks of lines connecting major metropolitan regions in point-to-point service. HTT is currently focused on building a functional five-mile test track in Quay Valley, California, between Los Angeles and San Francisco. HTT has also reached an agreement with Slovakia to serve as a hub in developing a Hyperloop line connecting Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest.

HTT is also researching an east-west line between Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia’s two largest cities, on opposite ends of the country, 250 miles apart. The estimated 25-minute trip by Hyperloop™ is more than 10 times faster than the current trip of 4.5 hours by car.

Connecting Abu Dhabi and Al Ain

UAE is a well connected country with an excellent network of highways connecting each Emirate. Inspite of this, the time consumed to travel across the country is enormous. To combat the time factor and propose an alternative solution, a major step was taken by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport (DMAT) and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT). An agreement was announced between the two entities to undertake a feasibility study to connect Abu Dhabi and Al Ain using the HyperloopTM system. The study agreement encompasses route analysis, cost estimates, feasibility studies, and a development schedule. Implementation of this technology will have a significant impact not only in Abu Dhabi, but across the Emirates.

The study will be useful for identifying locations for stations and tracks. The full environmental, economic and social benefits of this project will be realized once implemented. The cost of this exciting next-generation transportation technology that is characterized by a high degree of safety and comfort is estimated to be significantly less than traditional high speed rail. The system will also be completed in half the time needed to achieve traditional high speed rail projects, and will consume only a fraction of the energy.