In less than a year of its global challenge, Hyperloop One is set to discuss the possibility of bringing the futuristic tube-based high-speed transportation system in India. The company has sent out media invites for its Vision for India event that will take place on February 28. The invite describes the event as a discussion on the need for transformative transportation . Minister of Railways, Suresh Prabhu will be the Guest of Honor while CEO of NITI Ayog, Amitabh Kant will be the keynote speaker at the event. Also Read - Ola to offer free oxygen concentrators to the needyAlso Read - Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Long-term Review
Hyperloop One is the company behind commercializing the Hyperloop technology which is a new method of transportation at the speed of airlines but inexpensively. The new mode of electric transport is claimed to offer three to four times faster high-speed rail for 67 percent of the cost to deploy and operate. Labelled as broadband for transportation, the technology is a proposed mode of transport people or things through pod-like vehicles which travel at airline speed close to 1,200kmph through a near-vacuum tube. Also Read - OnePlus India partners American Express for cashback deals, EMI offers and more
Back in May 2016, Hyperloop One had announced a global challenge for engineers and planners to work on the proposed technology in different regions including India. In January this year, 35 finalist teams were announced and it is expected that they will be present at the upcoming event to showcase their plan for five routes in India among 30 others across the world. ALSO READ: Hyperloop in talks with Indian government to start trials: Report
For India, the proposed routes and their feasibility includes sectors where the futuristic transportation system can be built such as Delhi-Mumbai, Bangalore-Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai-Bangalore, Mumbai-Chennai and a port connector project. If the proposed system makes it to India, then the distance between Delhi and Mumbai could be potentially covered in less than one hour. Whether Hyperloop One will come to India is something that will depend on the feedback from the government, investors, and business leaders among others.