We live in a time where technology is advancing at incredible speeds. Technology has changed our vision of the world over the years and continues to do so. However, many aspects of life appear to have remained relatively unchanged, and transportation is most likely one of them. We haven’t progressed much beyond the transportation networks that have existed for decades. The roads are still jammed, the train lines are still packed, and the sky are cluttered with planes. However, the dream of futuristic transportation is alive and well today, as illustrated by the concept of “Hyperloop.” This article discusses the hyperloop concept and how it will impact the transportation industry.
What is Hyperloop?
An Hyperloop is a high-speed transportation system that might be used for both public and private transportation. The hyperloop concept entails passenger pods travelling via pressurised tubes using electric propulsion and magnetic levitation to move cargos at speeds of up to 1200 km/hr, with large vacuum pumps removing friction and air resistance. Hyperloop has the potential to transform the transportation industry by lowering travel times on land while also reducing environmental harm. Many countries, including the United Kingdom, Japan, and China, have committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, making Hyperloop travel a viable option to domestic air travel.
Emergence of Hyperloop
The concept of a hyperloop is not new. Over the years, it has been discussed in various ways. US2511979A is a patent application from 1944 that defines the fundamentals of the hyperloop concept, and it includes cited prior work from as far back as 1848! Electric motors power a passenger or freight pod through a sealed low-pressure tube in the hyperloop idea.
In terms of practicality, the Hyperloop was first envisioned in 2013 by Elon Musk, a billionaire and entrepreneur from the United States. Hyperloop Technologies was founded in 2014 to address a number of issues that arose during the development process. Hyperloop Technologies joined with the Virgin Group in 2017, and the company was renamed Virgin Hyperloop as a result. Virgin Hyperloop has performed a successful hyperloop technology experiment in Nevada, United States. Virgin Hyperloop One is on track to meet their ambitious goal of completing a hyperloop system.
Hyperloop in Transportation
Hyperloop could be the transportation mode of the future. Even if it is not likely to happen immediately, if this becomes a reality, it will have a huge influence on the lives of regular people. It may eventually be feasible to travel faster and more pleasantly using the Hyperloop technology. We can aspire for economic success in addition to convenience and environmental impact.
The “Delhi-Mumbai Hyperloop Corridor,” designed by Indore-based firm DGW Hyperloop, would connect Delhi and Mumbai. According to DGW, a voyage between Delhi and Mumbai will take 60-80 minutes. In the next five to seven years, the system might become a reality in India. Yes, you read that correctly!! The US-based company Virgin Hyperloop One has struck an agreement with the Maharashtra government to create an Hyperloop system between Mumbai and Pune, making India the first country to brag of this futuristic transportation technology.
Finally, we can speculate that Hyperloop may represent the future of global transportation systems. We can aspire for economic success in addition to convenience and environmental impact. However, new technologies take time to develop, and it will be some time before we can ride in a pod within a sealed tube with only a quiet ‘SWOOSH’ as a sound.
Authored by :Anamika Manhas