How did the Hyperloop movement start?
Hyperloop is the the latest iteration of an ongoing effort to create a high speed tube-based transportation system. Elon Musk presented the project as offering high speed transportation that would be both sustainable and affordable. In 2013, Musk opened the intellectual property to any company that would take the project forward and develop technologies to build it. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies was the first company founded to develop Hyperloop and make it a reality.
Is it safe?
Hyperloop will primarily be built on pylons, using best practices from civil engineering including seismic design and ability to withstand thermal expansion. In addition, it is completely automated with advanced technologies that only require monitoring from humans. The system is electrically powered, with no need for fuel on board, and is protected from the environment. The HyperloopTT’s system was deemed “feasible and insurable” by the world’s largest reinsurance company Munich RE.
Can the Hyperloop be profitable?
Even by conservative analysis the HyperloopTT system can quickly become profitable. It presents the ability to build a mass transit system that would not require government subsidies.
How does Hyperloop affect environment?
Hyperloop produces zero emission. The HyperloopTT system is powered by a combination of alternative energy sources to ensure sustainability. The entire HyperloopTT system has the potential to generate excess energy through solar panels located along the lines and stations, in addition to energy recovered during regenerative braking.
Has this been tried before? Why now?
The basic idea, and most of the technology, to make Hyperloop happen has been around for a long time. However, our ability to bring everything together has emerged only recently, supported by the growing interest of government and industry in developing sustainable transportation. Both the time and the technology had to be right, and that time is now.
Hyperloop will solve some of the key long-term challenges faced by modern society: overpopulation, traffic congestion, and pollution.
What about passenger comfort at such high speeds?
Due to its use of passive magnetic levitation and high speed within a controlled and depressurised tube system, there would be no turbulence along the travel, and the capsules would be pressurized to ground level air pressure. The capsules have been designed with special attention to maintaining a high level of passenger comfort throughout the trip.
What maximum speed does Hyperloop reach?
The advantages of Hyperloop travel are transformative as we will be connecting people and goods at high speeds, potentially up to the speed of sound (760 mph / 1,223 km/h), allowing people to live further from cities and their jobs, changing travel time from hours to minutes.