Published: Fri, March 03, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

Five Indian teams shortlisted for Hyperloop's global challenge

Five Indian teams shortlisted for Hyperloop's global challenge

It is believed that the Hyperloop is highly energy-efficient, quiet and autonomous.

Meanwhile, at the same time, another company which is attempting to launch hyperloop based transportation services in India, has revealed that they are in talks with 5 Indian states for executing their ideas. We spoke to them and the one that will give us the land we will go and build.

The world's second most populous nation, India is also houses the fourth largest railway system. The company has plans to build a reinvented and transformed mode of transportation. "We are working with the government to see how Hyperloop One can take shape in India", he said. The event, as expected, saw presence of chief guest Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Railways, and keynote speaker Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog, at the event.

Hyperloop One plans to use magnetic levitation in low-pressure tubes to transport people and goods at speeds faster than the airplanes.

"The HOGC received more than 2,600 registrants from 90 countries, and narrowed the field down to 35 semi-finalists across all continents with a potential pipeline worth $26 billion", Hyperloop One added.

"India is an extremely important geography for developing Hyperloop networks and reimagining how cities and regions work". We are willing to facilitate such a catalyst and are happy to work in partnership with Hyperloop One to leapfrog the country. "With initiatives such as "Make in India" and "Digital India", we do see ourselves working in this direction in India".

Hyperloop One's CEO, Rob Lloyd said, "India turns out to be a massive opportunity obviously for the concept of Hyperloop, which is why there's so much interest". A transportation system like the Hyperloop will undoubtedly ease the pressure on existing infrastructure while enhancing the quality of life of the people. Under the global challenge, teams were tasked to propose high-speed transportation routes and develop regional proposals integrating Hyperloop One's transport technology to move passengers and freight from point-to-point.

Hyperloop was announced years back by Elon Musk as a concept that could be the future of transportation.

Bengaluru to Chennai: 334 km in 20 minutes.

The company said this route would be meeting the demand of a passenger and freight super-corridor growing at 15% a year. Connects two major ports in southern India with population centres of Coimbatore and Kochi. The Dinclix GroundWorks proposed Delhi-to-Mumbai route via Jaipur and Indore which is 1,317 kilometres in 55 minutes.

The fifth proposal that has been shortlisted is from Hyperloop India, in which a 1,102km distance between Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai can be covered in 50 minutes. Phased development for freight and passengers.

The company tested its first motor in May, 2016, and will test the full system in early 2017 in Los Angeles, USA.

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