Hyperloop One to have a showcase event in New Delhi on 28 February
The brainchild of Elon Musk, Hyperloop One concept was announced by the Tesla CEO, back in 2013. Heralded as the broadband of transportation, it is proposed to be one of the fastest way to travel. Passengers would be strapped inside a car-sized capsule which would hurtle through a large vaccumm tube at almost 1,200kmph reaching destinations faster than an airplane.
The company had announced an open competition in May 2016 called the “Hyperloop One Global Challenge” which attracted 2,600 teams pitching ideas and their region to construct a hyperloop.
According to a list posted by Hyperloop One, the proposed routes for India include Bengaluru-Trivandrum, Chennai-Bengaluru, Mumbai-Chennai, Mumbai-Delhi and something called Port Connector.
Of course for this to actually happen, it requires efforts from the government, investors, business leaders and others to get on board.
Back in November a teaser video was uploaded on YouTube which showcased the travel times between Dubai and several other cities. The travel time to Abu Dhabi in the UAE is 12 minutes. It is a 27 minute trip to Muscat in Oman, 23 minutes to Doha in Qatar and 48 minutes to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. This clearly meant that routes from Dubai will definitely be a reality.
The good news though is that India is one of the selected regions for the trial run. Last month Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (not Hyperloop One), another company and system developed based on the vision of Elon Musk, had sent out a proposal to the transport minister, Nitin Gadkari in December. The proposal included a route from Pune to Mumbai with a travel time of just 9 minutes.