Hyperloop edges closer to commercial reality

Guy Daniels
By Guy Daniels

Jun 23, 2017

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Bibop Gabriele Gresta, Co-founder, COO & Chairman, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies was established in 2013 to create a commercial transport system based on the Hyperloop concept devised by Elon Musk. A travel capsule moves inside a fixed tube with low air pressure to reduce resistance, in a system that allows for speeds up to 760mph with very low energy consumption. It is designed to use of passive magnetic levitation, regenerative braking, solar power and other renewable energy resources to make it self-sustaining.

"Imagine being able to create a backbone of connections that can launch a parallel Internet," says Gresta. "We are working on this new generation of infrastructure."

As well as potentially creating new networking ducts, as well as headaches for wireless handover at these speeds, the proposed solution also features a rather unusual take on IoT. The travel pods will apparently be made of a material they are calling Vibranium (yes, Captain America fans, Vibranium...). This composite material has sensors built into its fabric, forming a smart material, that can detect parameters such as structural integrity, temperature and pressure. Details, however, remain vague, other than it will operate as a kind of mesh network.

As Gresta explains, we shouldn't have to wait too long before the first large-scale tests are up and running.

Filmed at: 5G World, London, 14 June 2017

Produced and Filmed by: Gitte Daniels  –  Edited by: Gino Isaacs

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