We are in a brave new world of transport revolution, the development of autonomous vehicles and flying cars as per Boeing’s latest release is only the beginning. A point to point transport system combining the convenience of trains and faster than a jet is also being developed called a hyperloop. The two companies leading this development race are Hyperloop transport technologies (HTT) and Virgin Hyperloop One, with a third player, Transpod progressing at a slower pace. Though these three tech companies are constantly having articles published about them their progress is hard to accurately predict.
The Hyperloop is a proposed transport system that uses a linear motor, much like the Japanese bullet train. Setting it apart from the bullet train however, the Hyperloop travels in a tube where a partial vacuum has been formed reducing friction from air. Because of this difference proponents of the hyperloop claim that it can reach an astronomical speed of up to 1200 km/h, although this is yet to be proven.
Closer to home there has been talk by Australian representatives of Virgin Hyperloop One and HTT, both competing to create a route along the east coast between Melbourne and Brisbane. The proposed route would be along the Second busiest air corridor in the world, cutting the travel between Melbourne and Sydney CBDs down to 55 minutes. The response from both sides of government however has been, at this stage, to entirely dismiss the pipe dream until the technology is further proven elsewhere.