Could the Hyperloop Be on Its Way to Europe?

Feb 4, 2017

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The future of travel continues to get closer, with the announcement of a new Hyperloop project in Europe. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) and Brno, a city in the Czech Republic, have signed an “exploratory agreement” to develop plans for a Hyperloop track between the Czech city and Bratislava, Slovakia. This would be the first Hyperloop to cross an international border.

The two European cities are about 80 miles apart, which means it currently takes about 1½ hours by train or car to travel between the two cities. But if the Hyperloop is built, sealed pods would hurl humans at super-high speeds — cutting travel time to just 10 minutes.

The Hyperloop could make an 80-mile journey in about 10 minutes. Image courtesy of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies.

Hyperloop One, a competitor of HTT, shared in November that it’s working with the United Arab Emirates to create plans for a track between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Although it may seem odd to connect Brno and Bratislava, HTT has actually been working with the Slovakian government to develop Hyperloop technology in the country since 2016 and Brno is the Czech Republic’s second-largest city and known as a transportation hub in the region.

Right now, the “exploratory agreement” calls only for studying the feasibility of constructing a Hyperloop track between two cities, meaning that it could be years before any actual track is built. The creation of a regulatory framework for a completely new transportation system may also impede the process. Trials are still underway at HTT’s test track in California and the company just signed an agreement with the city of Toulouse, France to build a 3,000 square meter facility for more development and testing.

Featured image courtesy of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies. 

H/T: Wired

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