Hyperloop: The revolutionary technology that could change the future of transportation system

  • Published | 17 September 2018
Billionaire Tech Mogul's new idea could revolutionize travel forever and will promulgate the automotive sector in the long run.
United States: Hyperloop would be a super-fast, super-efficient form of transportation that would be capable of whisking passengers from downtown Los Angeles to downtown San Francisco in less than 30 minutes. If true, it would make it faster than the current bullet train speed and will have a positive impact on the future transportation system in the near future. From high-speed electric cars to lightning-fast trains, the way we get around is changing rapidly. As technology develops, new and innovative modes of transport are being proposed. One example is Hyperloop, a radical idea that could dramatically cut travel times between cities. The futuristic transport system Hyperloop has come a long way since entrepreneur Elon Musk proposed a "fifth mode of transport" in 2012. The concept, in which commuters are whisked through a tube at speeds in excess of 700mph, has developed rapidly with inventors and investors giving their backing. Virgin Hyperloop One is among a number of businesses others include Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, which was set up in 2013 for developing a Hyperloop system. So far, it has received USD 295 million in funding. Investors include the Virgin Group, SNCF and GE Ventures.  Hyperloop is a form of transportation that uses magnetic levitation to float vehicles above a track. Electric propulsion accelerates the vehicle through a low-pressure tube, with the vessel capable of gliding for long distances at "airline speed" thanks to ultra-low aerodynamic drag. The potential of Hyperloop is considerable. The fully autonomous and enclosed system would produce no direct carbon emissions and cut the travel time between Los Angeles and San Francisco to just 43 minutes. Progress has been relatively quick since then. In 2017, the company announced that its first generation pod, the Hyperloop One XP-1, had accelerated for 300 meters and glided above the track using magnetic levitation. The pod was able to apply its brakes and came to a gradual stop. According to the market insights of BlueWeave Consulting, One thing is certain that nation’s transportation infrastructure is badly flawed now, whether it's planes, trains or automobiles. The company's ambitions are grand and far-reaching. Their goal was to create the fifth mode of transport. There is going to be three new technologies that we're going to need in the near-term, the mid-term and the long-term. In the near-term, it's going to be cheaper and more compact batteries for electric vehicles. In the medium-term, it's going to be autonomous driving and making sure that works to an acceptable level. In the long-term the focus would be on looking at alternative fuel sources for long-distance travel. One of the interesting ones is going to be ammonia, which is basically a better form of carrying hydrogen. The bigger side of the picture is this new revolutionary technology could shape up the future of the mobility sector in the near future. The Hyperloop advancement will technologically boost and mold the will automotive industry and will propel with significant growth in the years to come.