Elon Musk’s Hyperloop One, the only company in the world to have built a full-scale Hyperloop system, recently announced the winners of the Hyperloop One Global Challenge. The challenge identifies the strongest new Hyperloop routes in the world. The decision follows a close assessment of proposals put together by a panel of infrastructure experts, as well as experts in technology and transportation.
Ten teams based out of five different countries were chosen from hundreds of applicants. Hyperloop One will in turn commit to meaningful business and engineering resources and they will work closely with each of the winning teams and routes to determine their commercial viability. Hyperloop One and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), with additional help from AECOM, will engage in a public private partnership to begin a study in Colorado to determine the project’s feasibility.
Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and Executive Chairman of Hyperloop One, expressed his excitement:
“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. The Global Challenge became a movement of thousands of people from more than 100 countries over six continents. Like us, they believe that Hyperloop will not only solve transportation and urban development challenges within communities, it will unlock vast economic potential and transform how our cities operate and how we live. Our successful test this summer made Hyperloop a reality, and now we’re ready to bring our Hyperloop system to the world.”
Here are the winners of the competition, and their proposed distances and speeds:
488 miles, proposed travel time: 47 minutes
640 miles, proposed travel time: 46 minutes
257 miles, proposed travel time: 25 minutes
400 miles, proposed travel time: 39 minutes
414 miles, proposed travel time: 50 minutes
339 miles, proposed travel time: 47 minutes
• Mexico City-Guadalajara
330 miles, proposed travel time: 38 minutes
208 miles, proposed travel time: 23 minutes
685 miles, proposed travel time: 63 minutes