Hyperloop One, the US-based company that aims to take forward Hyperloop technology has set foot in India. For those unaware, Hyperloop is a high-speed transportation system. It is the brain child of tech genius and businessman Elon Musk.
Elon Musk is a name that needs no introduction in the world of technology. So when Hyperloop came with the proposal to the Union Ministry of Transport, India had to consider the proposal.
Hyperloop: Why not in the US?
According to America’s transportation secretary Anthony Foxx, it just might be one of those cases where the technology has arrived before the government. It means that the US feels the country is not yet ready to apply and embrace this technology yet.
He has further gone on to say that it is like putting a “square peg in a round hole.”
The question is: if a country with the world’s strongest infrastructure feels this way, is it suited for a developing country like India? The concerns are real because Foxx has explicitly mentioned that they want to be “safe first.” This statement gives a clear indication that the country isn’t sure about this new technology yet.
Chennai to Bengaluru in 30 minutes?
Yes, you read that right. Apparently, the technology will simply propel people in travel pods and help them to move in a tube. This propulsion will take them at the speed of 1200 kmph to their destination. The pod will achieve this speed because it will float in the vacuum inside the tunnel.
So a distance of Chennai to Mumbai will take only 1 hour. The company tweeted the routes where it wants to see this system function. It specifically mentioned Pune-Mumbai, Chennai-Mumbai, Bengaluru-Thiruvananthapuram, Mumbai-Delhi and of course Chennai-Bengaluru.
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According to sources, the Chinese and Japanese teams have already begun assessing whether they can lay the routes. The Chennai-Bengaluru route is the one that is currently under inspection.
What about costs?
The cost of operations shall reduce because of the solar wind panels. These panels will be placed on the roofs and windmills will tap the energy. Plus the pod will use magnetic energy to move forward. Together these things will help curb the costs.
But it is still at a nascent stage, and it remains to be seen how this works as we move forward. Stay tuned to know more about this exciting project!