Let’s dream about Hyperloop hypes!
Oh yes, June 1st I had the pleasure to vlog about the unveiling of the first Hyperloop test facility in Europe. The winning team of Elon Musk’s SpaceX Hyperloop Pod competition, HARDT Global Mobility is teaming up with BAM to develop the Hyperloop concept. The event took place at Delft University of Technology where HARDT Global Mobility originates from. This morning brought together a lot of my loves: my love for my old University, my love for constructing infrastructure and my love for the Hyperloop (which I have been raving about to my friends for years, I must have driven them crazy by now) and anything else Elon Musk related (yes, fangirl over here).
If you’ve lived under a rock for the past years and don’t know what I am talking about, here’s a short recap. In 2012 Elon Musk announces his idea for a new transportation concept called the Hyperloop. It’s basically a light weight train capsule that transports in a closed tube with no air resistance. Making it possible to reach plane speeds of over 1000 kilometers an hour. Travel times would decrease dramatically and a possible transportation revolution could be on the horizon. The concept has been released to the world and Musk has challenged teams all over the globe to bring the concept to life and compete at SpaceX’s competition January 2017. The winner of the competition was the Delft Hyperloop team from Delft University of Technology. Members of this team have created a new start-up called HARDT Global Mobility. May 2017 HARDT Global Mobility and BAM announce their partnership for the first European test facility. Since, I have been following the Hyperloop developments even more closely. It wasn’t a tough choice when I was asked to cover the event.
Guess it’s safe to say that being excited is an understatement. Why, you might wonder? Well, let me take you and picture you some future visions with this awesome concept.
- Commuting to work will be totally different and I mean that in the most positive sense of the word. In today’s world, we’re stuck in traffic jams on pretty much a daily basis. And even though we try to optimize our time spent in the car losing about more than 1 and a half hours of my time for a trip of only 62 kilometers isn’t exactly efficient. With the Hyperloop, it will be possible to travel from Amsterdam to Paris in only around 30 minutes.
- Feel like the place you live is mostly dependent on the location of where you work? With the Hyperloop, the distance between these two places can increase easily without having a longer commute. Working in England while still enjoying your regular Dutch oatmeal breakfast? A meeting in Italy and still be back in time for dinner with the parents? No problem!
- Not that career oriented and suffering from a severe case of wanderlust? No worries, there’s something for you in this as well! Remember how the price tag of plane tickets decreased dramatically when Low Cost Carriers were introduced? Imagine that, but with even lower prices! Not only will the aviation industry have severe competition from LCC’s, it will have a ground based competitor too! Traveling will become a lot more affordable and more importantly environmentally friendly as it will be powered from solar energy. Travel lovers, eat your heart out!
I hope you’re convinced by now that the Hyperloop hype is for real! I can’t wait until the Hyperloop becomes part of our reality. Share with us your thoughts on this development in transportation in the comments below. Curious of an impression of the day or how I was interviewing the Dutch Infrastructure and Environment Minister? Watch the (in Dutch) vlog below. Also, stay tuned as I’ll elaborate on interviewing people on the blog later!