Hyperloop One announced the winners of its Hyperloop One Global Challenge to identify the strongest new Hyperloop routes in the world. Following a close assessment of the proposals by a panel of experts in infrastructure, technology, and transportation, 10 teams from five countries were chosen from among hundreds of applicants. Additionally, as a direct result of the Global Challenge, Hyperloop One and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), with support from AECOM, will enter a public-private partnership (P3) to begin a feasibility study in Colorado.
With Hyperloop One, passengers and cargo are loaded into a pod, which accelerates gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The pod quickly lifts above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag. The company made history this summer with the successful completion of the world’s first full-scale Hyperloop test, achieving record test speeds.
“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,” said Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and executive chairman of Hyperloop One. “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.”
The 10 winning routes connect 53 urban centers and nearly 150 million people representing Canada, India, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Their combined distance spans 4,121 miles. They are:
- Chicago-Columbus-Pittsburgh — Team: Midwest Connect, 488 miles, three urban centers;
- Dallas-Laredo-Houston — Team: Texas Triangle, 640, miles, five urban centers;
- Cheyenne-Denver-Pueblo — Team: Rocky Mountain Hyperloop, 360 miles, 10 urban centers;
- Miami-Orlando — Team: Miami/Orlando Hyperloop, 257 miles, two urban centers;
- Bengaluru-Chennai, India — Team: AECOM India, 208 miles, six urban centers;
- Mumbai-Chennai, India — Team: Hyperloop India, 685 miles, 10 urban centers;
- Edinburgh-London — Team: HypED, 414 miles, four urban centers;
- Glasgow-Liverpool — Team: Northern Arc, 339, miles, six urban centers;
- Mexico City-Guadalajara — Team: Mexloop, 330 miles, four urban centers; and
- Toronto-Montreal — Team: HyperCan, 400 miles, three urban centers.
Hyperloop One will now work closely with each winning team to validate and analyze their proposals further, and provide initial ridership forecasts, business case, and preliminary technical analysis of the route and corridor, tailored to the needs of the individual route. Hyperloop One’s business and technical leaders will host in-country workshops with each team, and connect them with Hyperloop One’s global partner network to sharpen the feasibility and scope of the potential routes. Another 11 finalist teams will continue to develop their proposals with the support of Hyperloop One.
The Hyperloop One Global Challenge kicked off in May 2016 as an open call to individuals, universities, companies, and governments to develop comprehensive proposals for deploying Hyperloop One’s transportation technology in their region. The winning teams/routes were chosen based on specific criteria, including well-defined routes and implementation strategies, key stakeholder involvement from public and private sectors, compelling business cases, and innovative and creative applications of a Hyperloop system.
“The excitement around Hyperloop is in its potential to reimagine transportation by eliminating the barriers of distance and time,” said Michael S. Burke, AECOM’s chairman and CEO. “That half of the winning teams are supported by AECOM demonstrates the power of our connected expertise and is further evidence that these are the kinds of problems AECOM is built to take on and solve. We’re excited to be part of Hyperloop One’s efforts to create impactful use cases for a technology that can transform what it means to get from point A to B anywhere in the world.”
A P3 between Hyperloop One and CDOT, supported by AECOM, will begin a feasibility study that examines transportation demand, economic benefits, proposed routes and potential strategies, regulatory environments, and alignment with overall CDOT high-speed travel, rail, and freight plans.
“We are excited to partner with Hyperloop One in exploring the next step of feasibility of this innovative technology, potentially transforming how Colorado moves,” said Shailen Bhatt, CDOT executive director. “The Hyperloop technology could directly align with our goals of improving mobility and safety in Colorado, and we have been encouraged by the continued progress the technology is taking.”
“The winning teams of the Hyperloop One Global Challenge represent the best innovation and creativity from government agencies, engineering firms, academics, infrastructure experts and more,” said Josh Giegel, co-founder and president of engineering of Hyperloop One. “We’re encouraged by these compelling projects that aim to increase passenger mobility, connect urban centers, reimagine trade and cargo and enhance quality of life. We look forward to working closely with all the winners, their partners, and local authorities to examine the feasibility and scope of these routes and, ultimately, build the first Hyperloop routes around the world.
“We’re also excited to share that we’ll be hosting the world’s first Global Summit around Hyperloop One technology in early 2018 that will bring together all of our government and industry partners and really kick off the growth of our hardware and software platforms.”