Imagine sitting in a sleek pod-like capsule, that levitates inside a specialized tube and travels faster than the fastest railways there is, or nearly like airlines? A Hyperloop could make it possible.
A Dutch start-up, Hardt, recently conducted an experimental study on the feasibility of this feat between national and international European routes like Amsterdam to Paris, in partnership with North-Holland. The results turned out promising, especially economically.
Now there’s talk in the Netherlands about a possible connection between the two bustling metropolitans with this hi-tech transportation, CNN reports.
What Is This Hyperloop?
Essentially It was a brainchild of the American technology mogul Elon Musk made open source for development. Hyperloops eliminate the need for a traditional railway track and instead uses a tube and a train (pod) specially made in accordance with each other to achieve great speeds, sometimes hypersonic.
The lack of air friction allows the so-called hyperloop to gain unimaginable speeds of up to 1000 miles/hour for land transport, thanks to low-pressure tubes.
Hardt’s hyperloop technology makes numerous claims like economical, less polluting, less noisy, resistant to extreme weather conditions, less space-consuming among others, and to be honest, they look very promising.
In the latest round of development, European countries even took a step forward to mandating a uniform and safe development technical committee (JRT20) for this concept and project, to sustain the highest safety standards. This establishes the project has crossed its concept stage.
— Hardt Hyperloop (@HardtGlobal) July 31, 2018
The company behind the study, Hardt, also claims that this technology could be the future of not just cross-country travel but cross-border international travel as well.
The new research states, home/work distances will be ‘radically altered,’ and the project will have an environmental impact as well since short-haul flights could be replaced by this sustainable option.
“Improved accessibility would lead to agglomeration benefits and would strengthen the MRA’s spatial-economic business climate given that borders would, quite literally, become blurred,”
-the official statement on the study reads.
The proposed project will be able to ferry 200,000 passengers in a direction, according to the study, according to CNN. The current train route between Paris to Amsterdam takes 4-hour 9-minutes of travel time. It will cover the same in just 90 minutes, less than half the present time. Other routes are also proposed.
How Safe And Feasible It Is?
Whereas all these claims sound exciting, and we hope they become a reality, as of now, there’s still some time for this grand project to manifest.
According to the company, it is now investigating crucial associate factors like economic impact, safety, public adaptation, integration, among other aspects.
“It is vitally important to involve public, private, and international parties in order to bring the realization of a hyperloop a step closer collectively,” Hardt writes.
Not The Only Hyperloop Project
In 2019, the Government of India gave the nod to the Virgin Hyperloop One and Dubai-based supply chain DP World to start testing the hi-tech vehicle between the Mumbai-Pune route.
The same company, Virgin Hyperloop One, built a pod that reached speeds up to 387 kilometers/hours in a Nevada test track, according to CNN.
Just recently, a Polish Hyperloop firm Hyper Poland garnered more than £436,000 (€500,000) in its UK equity crowdfunding campaign, according to New Civil Engineer. Now the company will further invest in railway infrastructure tech.
Hyper Poland’s approach to hyperloop is different. It focuses on step-by-step development on existing railway infrastructure to finally enable capsule-like trains to travel at speeds of 1200 km/hour.
For more in-depth information about Hyperloop, visit Hardt’s website, one of the most advanced Hyperloop projects out there.