Who wouldn’t love to cut miles of distance in just a few minutes? Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, introduced his brainchild–hyperloops, and no one seems to get over its fascination. For last two years, Musk has been busy developing electric and autonomous cars and sending a car into space. However, now he has focused all his attention on hyperloops. Elon Musk has recently received an exploratory permit for D.C. to New York City hyperloop. Musk claimed that this vacuum-powered hyperloop will be a high-speed rail system, which can travel between these two cities in less than 30 minutes. The fastest train in the U.S. completes the same trip in about three hours. Moreover, Musk’s aerospace company, SpaceX, has decided to host a prototype competition to speed up the research process, and gain maximum innovative ideas.
The Boring Company, a tunnel construction company founded by Musk, is ready to begin exploratory digging for D.C. to NYC hyperloop. Musk believes that this hyperloop will travel 229 miles in just 30 minutes at a speed of 800 mph. Such claims seem too good to be true, however Musk is not the only one who makes such statements.
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) has signed an agreement with the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) to explore several high-speed routes connecting Cleveland and Chicago in less than 30 minutes. HTT CEO, Dirk Ahlborn, expects that the study will take about 9 months to determine whether the hyperloop facility will be feasible or not.
Moreover, Virgin Hyperloop One has unveiled its hyperloop prototype for a fast-track route to connect Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The distance between Dubai and Abu Dhabi is about 87 miles, and Virgin group has promised to zip commuters from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in just 12 minutes at a speed of 760 mph. Whereas a car takes about 30 minutes to cover the same distance. It is expected that the service will carry 10,000 passengers per hour in both direction.
UAE is not the only country getting hyperloop fever. Along with UAE, HTT carried a study of futuristic hyperloop facility in India. This hyperloop facility is expected to join Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada to Amaravati. According to the study by HTT, the project is feasible, profitable, and eco-friendly. The plan states that the distance of 24 miles between the two cities will be covered in less than seven minutes. To compete with HTT, Virgin Hyperloop One has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indian state Maharashtra for Mumbai-Pune hyperloop facility, which is likely to be completed by 2024. Whether the hyperloop is between Vijayawada and Amaravati or Mumbai and Pune, India will be the first country having a hyperloop facility.
According to numerous studies, it is estimated that the hyperloop capsules can cut the commute by nearly 70 percent, and scientists are in hurry to prove them right. The recent advancements show that by the end of 2020, people will be able to travel by these ultra-speed levitating capsules. However, till then, we will just have to fasten our seatbelts and wait for it.