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Hyperloop One reveals 10 winning proposals after yearlong search

Hyperloop One Global Challenge Winners Hyperloop One picks 10 possible hyperloop routes around the world
Manon Joubert | 16 Septembre, 2017, 00:45

"The Hyperloop One Global Challenge started as a call to action for innovators, engineers, trailblazers and dreamers around the world who shared our vision of creating a new mode of transportation", said Shervin Pishevar, cofounder and executive chairman of the Hyperloop One group, in a release announcing the finalists. Other locations include Chicago-Columbus-Pittsburgh, Miami-Orlando, and Dallas-Laredo-Houston; with international locations in Canada, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

A Hyperloop "allows for super-fast, ultra-high speed travel in a vacuum tube environment", said Dan Katz, Head of Policy at Hyperloop One.

A panel of experts in infrastructure, technology and transportation chose the 10 applicants based on route, implementation strategy and stakeholder involvement from the public and private sectors, according to Hyperloop One. I'd prefer the route that got straight to the point. More than 2600 teams registered.

He added TransPod is talking with the federal transportation department to ensure safety regulations are in place for when the technology is ready to be implemented.

Other routes in the final 10 link Glasgow to Liverpool in the U.K., Mexico City to Guadalajara in Mexico, and Mumbai to Chennai in India.

Hyperloop technology still has a ways to go in development. The route would be 360 miles and serve up to 4.8 million people, Ars Technica reported. Hyperloop, which is privately operated, plans to start shipping cargo by 2020, and riders by 2021.

It introduced a global challenge in May 2016, calling for proposals for real world hyperloop networks. Earlier this summer, the company performed a full-scale test in the Nevada desert in which the hyperloop pod reached almost 200 miles per hour.

"We had tremendous interest in this competition, and these 10 teams each had their unique strengths in showcasing how they will alleviate serious transportation issues in their regions", Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd said.

It says the next logical step would be to extend the hyperloop system into the U.S., west to Detroit from Windsor, Ont., and east from Quebec to Niagara Falls and Buffalo and on toward Chicago, New York and Boston.

"If you make [freight] faster, think of what we can do as part of the Midwest economy ...", Thea Walsh with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission recently told Columbus' local NBC channel.