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 What is Hyperloop?

It is a transit system where sealed/pressurized tubes are used, in which the pod is sent from one place to another. The sealed/pressurized tubes help in reducing the air resistance and thus makes it available to transit at a very high speed. This idea first came from Elon Musk in the year 2012 and then published the alpha concept in 2013 and later open-sourced it for all and built a tube from LA to San Fransisco which cost $6 billion which opened for companies that can make pod travel at the speed of 760 mph. The first successful transit was done by Virgin with a test speed of the first passenger cart of 127 mph.

Where are they operating right now?

The only working line is in the desert of Nevada where the 500-meter track is there. The line showed successful passenger transit. The proposed routes are in the United States, India, and Dubai, and many more. In the United States, the line is on the west coast from Los Angeles to San Fransisco Bay Area and many more routes are being planned and will be executed in coming years. In India, the first hyperloop is proposed from Mumbai to Pune, and Bengaluru to Chennai further from Mumbai to Bengaluru will be joined. 

Hyperloop India:

The first route is proposed from Mumbai to Pune, where the Government Of Maharashtra and Hyperloop One has signed MoU which will shorten the 2.5-3 hours journey to just 30 min and if all goes according to plan this 345km will be completed in 2025 and many other routes by 2029. The Government of Andhra Pradesh has also signed an agreement to build a 6-minute route from Amaravathi to Vijayawada.

What is the future?

The future of such transit seems good with lowering the cost of material and increasing the capacity of passenger and cargo transit. If the companies sign Public-Private Partnership, this will help in getting subsidized material and investment which will help in growing the system.


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