Hyper­loop firm aims to com­pete with air­lines

Mint Asia ST - - News - B Y J YOTIKA SOOD

AECOM

In­dia Pvt. Ltd, one of the win­ners of the Hyper­loop One global chal­lenge, ex­pects the fare for a 334km Ben­galu­ruChen­nai trip in a hyper­loop high-speed trans­port sys­tem to be around Rs2,000.

AECOM claims it will take just 3-5 years for In­dia to set up its first project once the tech­nol­ogy is ac­cepted.

Hyper­loop is an ex­per­i­men­tal trans­porta­tion mode that will move freight and peo­ple at a speed of around 1,000-1,200 km/hour and in­volves mov­ing mag­net­i­cally lev­i­tated pod-like ve­hi­cles through a low-pres­sure or vac­uum tube.

AECOM is one of two teams from In­dia to win the Hyper­loop One global chal­lenge in Septem­ber. The over-a-year-long chal­lenge iden­ti­fied new routes to be de­vel­oped, us­ing hyper­loop tech­nol­ogy. While AECOM In­dia won the Bengaluru-chennai route, Hyper­loop In­dia bagged the 1,102km Mum­baiChen­nai route. “It will rein­vent the trans­porta­tion busi­ness and sys­tems world­wide,” said AECOM In­dia se­nior vice-pres­i­dent G.V.R. Raju, who led the five-mem­ber team to the Hyper­loop One chal­lenge fi­nal.

Ac­cord­ing to Raju, a trans­porta­tion sys­tem that is bet­ter then air travel at a fare of Rs2,000 is a com­pelling propo­si­tion.

“We have no doubt about its vi­a­bil­ity,” he said, point­ing out that peo­ple pay any­where be­tween Rs3,500 and Rs10,000 for an air trip from Bengaluru to Chennai now.

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