Published on : Wednesday, June 22, 2016
The concept of Hyperloop was first envisioned by Elon Musk of Tesla Motors in 2013. His idea is to connect Los Angeles to San Francisco within 30 minutes.
The concept is to levitate the pods inside an airless tube with the help of magnets. The floating pods will have a very low friction with the tube, thus they will be able to give a speed up to 1200 km per hour.
The cost of the Hyperloop project in Moscow is still not clear. The top speed of the system near the metropolitan area cannot be estimated either.
At the St Petersburg international economic forum organised by Hyperloop One, Moscow city and The Summa Group in Russia signed a memorandum of understanding. The Summa Group handles investments in various infrastructure projects.
The concept is still theoretical and till date there is no functioning Hyperloops in this world. The area, in which the first Hyperloop will be set up, is still undecided.
Rob Lloyd, the chief executive officer of the Hyperloop One stated that the company will be able to transport passengers by 2021.
Shervin Pishevar, the co founder of Hyperloop One said, “Hyperloop can improve life dramatically for the 16 million people in the greater Moscow area, cutting their commute to a fraction of what it is today. Our longer-term vision is to work with Russia to implement a transformative new Silk Road: a cargo Hyperloop that whisks freight containers from China to Europe in a day.”
The system still has to deal with several challenges like motion sickness and claustrophobia.
It looks like travellers are going to experience a completely futuristic transportation system in Moscow in near future, straight from the pages of science fiction novels.