Hyperloop: The Boom in Land Transportation

The news outlets are flooded with pictures of Hyperloop along the Nevada Desert. It is claimed that this will be the another big thing in the transportation industry. Near Las Vegas, Hyperloop One has begun installing tubes for testing. They are working on a 500-metre long project which will start public testing in few months.

 

Use of Magnetism

Hyperloop uses the concept of magnetically elevating the trains in fully or partially evacuated tubes. It is due to this technology that the trains can travel nearly at the speed of sound. The obstacles of friction and air resistance will be eliminated due to airless tunnels. This will lead to less consumption of energy compared to other magnetic vehicles. 

Hyperloop Over Bullet Trains

Bullet trains are relatively more expensive and slow. Talking about the maximum potential of Hyperloop, it can travel up to the speed 6000-8000 km/hr, which is manifold of what a bullet train can. It will be cheaper to build than Bullet trains. Since Hyperloop operates in almost an airless environment it will face less air resistance. This can cheapen the travel charges because of decreased expense of fuel. 

At the Commercial Level

At a conference held in Dubai for the company Hyperloop One its CEO, Rob Lloyd said

While technology is revolutionising many facets of our lives, we have not seen a radical change in transportation since the Wright brothers introduced air travel over 100 years ago.

According to the plan, Hyperloop One intends to connect the two emirates, which are 150km apart. The map reveals that they are looking into connecting Dubai Airport, the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Marina, Al Maktoum Airport, Abu Dhabi Airport and the centre of Abu Dhabi.

Present Obstacles

The biggest barrier to the implementation of Hyperloop is the construction of tunnels which requires large investments. Land acquisitions are also a problem for the projects. The safety side of this technology is still debatable as there is no example of real world usage.

Future of Hyperloop

The numbers of investments and countries interested are increasing. The testing will start in May 2017 and after the successful attempt, the work will be carried on a greater level. This will influence and on a large scale alter the image of transportation we all have.

 

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Abhinav Choudhary

Naive as a human, veteran as an opinionist.