BENGALURU (Metro Rail News): An autonomous Hyperloop has been developed by a team of student engineers from Avishkar Hyperloop and the Centre for Innovation (CFI) at IIT-Madras which can cover 1,200 km in one hour and is as reliable as rail, fast as an aircraft, and economically feasible as road transport.
The team is the only Asian contender amongst the top 21 finalists out of the over 1,600 designs in the fourth edition of SpaceX’s Hyperloop Pod competition. It is a group of about 30 students from inter-disciplinary backgrounds who have been working on creating their own pod since September 2017. These students devote three-four hours every day after college and now their work has come to fruition as they have raised `1 crore from sponsors and finally built a pod and a 40-metre test track. The team’s aim is to introduce the Hyperloop from Chennai to Bengaluru, to cover the 330-km distance in half hour.
At a technical seminar on Hyperloop hosted by SAE India (Society of Automobile Engineers India) in collaboration with Atria Institute of Technology, Perepu Sai Madhav, a vehicle dynamics engineer on the Avishkar Hyperloop project at IIT-Madras, said the vision of the team is to develop technologies for future mode of high-speed transportation with applications in various fields including defense, logistics, and aerospace among others.
Sai Madhav sais that Hyperloop would be paving the path for quicker and easier travel, especially in a country such as ours, with a large population and with busy scheduled lives an environment-friendly mode of transportation. Hyperloop is seen as the future of transportation globally. Madhav believes that though the initial cost of setting up the system would be high, it would prove economical in the long run.
The Hyperloop, if installed, seeks to reduce travel time drastically. It is supposed to be a land-based transportation service were pods, that house passengers, can levitate and zoom through tunnels by having the air pumped out of them in order to create a near-perfect vacuum for greater speed.