Elon Musk may have its Boring ambitions, but others see another solution to the transport problem. Instead of simply building high-speed highways underground, hyperloops try to reduce traffic congestion and drive time with fast capsules. HyperloopTT One of the two biggest hyperline companies has just proudly announced that the first pipes in France will build and carry out their first real test of this almost sonic speed of transport.
Hyperloops are about moving fast. Getting passengers and even freight from point A to point B in the fastest possible way is certainly one of the most convenient ways to solve the traffic problem. However, the physics involved is often the biggest problem.
HyperloopTT's first track is hardly what you think is ambitious. The closed 320 meter track to be installed in France is a bit shorter than 500 meters Virgin's Hyperloop One, the nearest rivals. That being said, this system, scheduled to go online later this year, is just a small test and a small part of HyperloopTT's grand vision.
The second full-scale system, expected to be completed by 2019, will drive 1 km. More than that, it will be raised at a height of 5.8 meters on pylons. With a 4.0 meter diameter, HyperloopTT's system is both bigger and longer than Virgin currently has.
And it will get better. The goal is to ferry up to 40 passengers per boat at a speed of 760 mph, a bit below the noise barrier. It's easy three times the speed of the Virgin Hyperloop One. Of course, that's the goal and it's important to see if HyperloopTT has both the physics and the funding to make it happen.