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Just a pipedream or could it be a reality? If Hyperloop One delivers on their promise transit times like this could be here sooner than you think.

Hyperloop One is a Los Angeles-based company founded by Silicon Valley investor Shervin Pishevar and run by former Cisco executive Rob Lloyd, its CEO. The concept originated from Tesla and Space X founder Elon Musk who published his ideas in a white paper called HyperLoop Alpha in 2013. In it he envisaged capsules traveling in near–vacuum tubes at speeds of 700 mph – 800 mph, as fast as a plane, cheaper than any train, and emitting no carbon pollution.

Being too busy with his other companies Musk decided to outsource the idea and Pishevar picked up on it. Interestingly Pishevar’s immediate thought was to pursue freight applications which Elon Musk had never considered.

The Hyperloop One Global  Challenge

The Hyperloop One Global Challenge launched in May 2016 as an open call to individuals, universities, governments and companies to develop proposals for deployment of Hyperloop One’s technology in their region. The 11 final proposals, shown below, were presented to a jury of leading experts in transport, technology, economics and innovation, at the Vision for America conference last week.

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The panel included:

Dr. Peter Diamandis, the Founder and Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation

Bassam Mansour, International Railway Industry Advisor

Ulla Tapaninen, Senior Specialist in Economic Development for the City of Helsinki and adjunct professor at University of Turku

Clive Burrows, Group Engineering Director for FirstGroup

Alan Berger, Prof. of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

In parallel a roundtable of speakers from the private sector and government discussed the future of transportation. Company executives also had an opportunity to meet with key government policymakers.

As reported in the Business Insider

“We’re trying to position Hyperloop as one of the best candidates that there are for reinventing infrastructure in America,” Nick Earle, Hyperloop One’s senior vice president for global operations said. “It’s built in America, it can be implemented in America, it’s made in America… There are a lot of reasons why it fits with the national agenda right now.”

Implications for Logistics

Hyperloop One is about moving passengers and freight across large distances very quickly, at relatively low cost and doing it safely.

“Now, with Hyperloop One, we are on the brink of the first great a breakthrough in transportation technology of the 21st century, eliminating the barriers of time and distance and unlocking vast economic opportunities,” stated Shervin Pishevar, executive Chairman of Hyperloop One.

The e-commerce delivery sector will benefit greatly. Distribution centers will no longer need to be as close to customers. Cargo capsules that transport shipping containers will change intermodal transportation. Medical supplies and perishable goods will get to their destinations much faster. Businesses that hold significant inventory will no longer have to do so, as they can replenish their stock much quicker and still satisfy customer needs. The implications for logistics are considerable and some leading players understand this.

DP World, GE Ventures and SNCF the French National Railway are all significant investors in the company. Deutsche Bahn, the German National Railway, AECOM and Parsons are development partners.

Hyperloop One and DP World are looking into the feasibility of building an offshore, floating hyperloop in the Dubai port of Jebel Ali. Containers would be taken from a ship, placed into a tube, then transported directly to an inland hub, rather than requiring handling and taking up space on the docks.

Hyperloop One have also teamed up with AECOM and and Grid Logistics Inc. to study the feasibility of doing the same in the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. There are also feasibility studies underway here in the US, Switzerland and Russia.

Elon Musk’s vision is on the way to being realized. Hyperloop One is definitely building momentum and it will be a game changer for us logistics professionals.

So while we are waiting New Mexico Transloading can most definitely help you understand how shipping by rail might better meet your freight transportation needs. Call 505 – 908 – 1911, we would be delighted to have a conversation with you.

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