Elon Musk to pitch the revolutionary idea of hyperloop as a solution to a city’s traffic owes and to travel long distances hurtling through tubes at speeds approaching the sound barrier.On July 29, Hyperloop One completed a test on its full-scale test track in Nevada, with the Hyperloop pod traversing almost the entirety of the 1640-foot-long structure. The vehicle hit speeds of up to 192 miles per hour during the test, setting a new record for Hyperloop test speeds. Now India wants in on this too with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies which uses a crowd collaboration approach to develop a transportation system based on the Hyperloop concept.
The Andhra Pradesh government joined hands with the US-based company to introduce the futuristic “Hyperloop” transportation system in the state capital region, Amravati in a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode. Although the MOU has not disclosed the costs involved, it will be funded by private investors. If everything goes well, this will be the first Hyperloop project to be implemented in India.
During the initial phase, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies will conduct a six-month feasibility study starting in October to create the best route between the two cities. This will also involve identifying potential stakeholders in the region. The Hyperloop will be constructed in the second phase.
An official release stated that Hyperloop Transportation Technologies chairman and co-founder Bibop Gresta felt delighted to have entered into the MoU with the State government to bring India’s first hyperloop and is looking forward to make it to contruction and commencement. Although a timeline has not been published yet.
HTT plans to build networks of tubes in South Korea, Slovakia, and Abu Dhabi. But to make all—or any—of that happen, the company’s 800 engineers must first master the practical aspects of the hyperloop. Apparently technology is not a issue but costs are. But, that seems good enough for the folks running Andhra Pradesh. “In order to boost its image and emerge as the frontier city in future technology, Amaravati is looking forward to collaborating with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies,” Krishna Kishore, CEO of the state’s economic development board, said in a statement. When fully operational, hyperloop could cover the distance between Amravati to Vijaywada in five minutes. (thats 35 kms)
Meanwhile, the competitors are pushing ahead. Hyperloop One, the mainstream favorite to deliver the transportation transformation, recently fired its 28-foot pod through a test tube at nearly 200 mph. Musk himself has decided to build his own hyperloop, and is testing his own design.But making the hyperloop work isn’t the real challenge here; the physics are quite straightforward. (Hurtling a pod in near vacuum with no resistance resulting in supersonic speeds). Even regulation may not be the toughest hurdle, as the companies can cherry pick routes where local powers are keen to host the future of travel. The real difficulty lies in making a transportation system that can compete on price and practicality with established airlines, train companies, and private cars.
However things pan out, India seems to be forward in the battlefield.