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Five Indian teams shortlisted for Hyperloop’s global challenge

LiveMint logoLiveMint 28-02-2017 Bloomberg

New Delhi: Five teams from India had been shortlisted for the Hyperloop One Global Challenge (HOGC), said Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop Technologies Inc.

Los Angeles-based Hyperloop is working on a technology that will use magnetic levitation in low-pressure tubes to transport people and goods at superfast speeds up to 1,100 km/h. The firm is in initial talks with the government and companies to partially build and operate super-fast transportation solutions on some routes in the country.

The teams shortlisted for Hyperloop’s global challenge, from more than 100 applications, are AECOM, LUX Hyperloop Network, Dinclix GroundWorks, Hyperloop India and Infi-Alpha.

HOGC kicked off in May 2016 across the world, inviting teams to put forward a comprehensive and commercially viable transport plan covering economic and policy aspects of their respective cities, regions and countries. It received more than 2,600 entries from 90 countries, including India. This was narrowed down to 35 semi-finalists.

AECOM’s entry is a Hyperloop-based transportation system between Bengaluru and Chennai, covering 334km in 20 minutes. A similar project has been submitted by Infi-Alpha.

LUX Hyperloop Network has suggested developing a Hyperloop transportation link between Bengaluru and Thiruvananthapuram where the 736km distance can be covered in 41 minutes. Another proposal is that of Dinclix GroundWorks—a Delhi-Mumbai corridor via Jaipur and Indore, covering 1,317km in 55 minutes.

The fifth proposal that has been shortlisted is from Hyperloop India, in which a 1,102km distance between Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai can be covered in 50 minutes.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for transforming India and the role he sees for technology in driving this change is indeed remarkable,” said Shervin Pishevar, executive chairman of Hyperloop. “India is an extremely important geography for developing Hyperloop networks and re-imagining how cities and regions work.”

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