Hyperloop One, a startup based in the US which wants to revolutionize the way the world travels has shared it’s grand vision for India.
For those of you unaware as to what Hyperloop One is, here is a video that demonstrates what are they looking to achieve:
Looks amazing right? The concept that is a brainchild of Elon Musk has already had its first open air test run and will be ready to do a full system tube test in the next few months in Vegas. Hyperloop could allow for passengers, freight to be transported at super-fast speeds, more than 1000 km per hour which is faster than airlines, in a levitating pod that would travel in a vacuum tube. Hyperloop One’s own website describes the mode of transport in these words, “We use a custom electric motor to accelerate and decelerate a levitated pod through a low-pressure tube. The vehicle will glide silently for miles with no turbulence.” Essentially these pods are autonomous, and it would mean high-speed travel inside a tube.
Sharing its vision for India, Hyperloop One, held a media event in Delhi on Tuesday to announce that it was actively looking to develop five high-speed corridors in India, linking the major cities of India, with Hyperloop that is a theoretical transportation mode with speed of as high as 1100 kilometres per hour.
Hyperloop One is not alone in India. Its competitor Hyperloop Transportation Technologies late last year pitched India on the technology, which aims to transport travelers in small levitating pods at speeds of jet airplanes.
Hyperloop One, which has been around for two years, held a global competition in 2016 asking contestants to pitch a proposal on where all the network should be built. The company says it received over 2000 entries, and out of the 30 semi-finalists it has picked five from India. Interestingly Hyperloop claims India had the highest number of registrants. The list of semi-finalist teams from India are AECOM, LUX Hyperloop Network, Dinclix GroundWorks, Hyperloop India, and Infi-Alpha.
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The idea that Hyperloop One is proposing could mean systemic shifts in how urbanisation is viewed. It could mean you live in Chennai, but end up working in Bengaluru, because travel time is reduced drastically. Also, If India becomes an early adopter, all the manufacturing for the tubes, and related ecosystem such as an app store, IT platform, etc. would be done out of India, in line with the ‘Make in India’ programme of the government.
“A transportation system like the hyperloop will undoubtedly ease the pressure on existing infrastructure while enhancing the quality of life of the people. We are already working with the governments around the world on passenger and freight projects, and we look forward to also partnering with India to support this endeavour,” said Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop One.
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said the Indian government will be exploring these new technologies keenly, and will see what else can be done to improve transportation in the country.
“The government of India will be delighted to work with Hyperloop One. We have to transform urbanisation and how we do transportation, and for that we need disruptive technology, that changes how we transport. Hyperloop One is one way,” said Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant at the event.
For now, the Hyperloop One idea sounds like a cool way to travel that is yet to be tested. The first public test takes place in 2017, and the company wants to have three systems in service by the year 2021.