10 Hyperloops That Will Change The World | The B1M

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  • With hyperloop research and development advancing like never before – the first operational
  • system is on the cusp of becoming a reality.
  • Despite routes being proposed in the United States, United Arab Emirates, India, Scandinavia
  • and Mexico – at the time of filming, no scheme has received the full the commitment
  • of a national government or private corporation.
  • With hyperloop technology maturing at a rapid rate and the concept set to have
  • a revolutionary impact, we’ve theorised 10 routes could change our world.
  • Before we begin, it’s important to explain the criteria that we have used to determine
  • these concepts.
  • While routes from New York to London or from Cairo to Cape Town are impressive to theorise,
  • the technology, logistics and economics required to make them happen often renders them unviable.
  • To determine the most credible proposals, we developed 5 criteria:
  • Capacity – considering the number of people that each route has the potential to connect.
  • Influence – the importance or influence of each city to its respective region.
  • Connectivity – the existing connections and the demand for routes between cities.
  • Geological – the consideration of natural barriers like oceans, forests or mountain
  • ranges that can make routes impractical.
  • and Geopolitical – considering the movement
  • of people across borders, the ability to finance such a hyperloop system and the degree of
  • cooperation between countries.
  • First up we have a route that could revolutionise the east coast of Australia.
  • With 80% of the country’s population residing in the eastern states, linking the major economic
  • centres of the nation's largest cities to more affordable regional areas would bring
  • access to new employment and housing opportunities, creating a mega region along the Pacific coast.
  • The route would link Melbourne to Brisbane, a distance of 1,500 kilometres in less than two hours.
  • Along the way, the “East Australian Hyperloop” would connect to the nation's capital Canberra,
  • Australia's largest city, Sydney, and the regional cities of Newcastle and the Gold Coast.
  • The route would have a catchment of over 14 million people – which is around 60%
  • of Australia’s entire population.
  • Other towns and cities along the route could link
  • to the system as demand rose.
  • With Australia currently laying claim to the second and eighth busiest flight routes in
  • the world, with 54,000 flights between Melbourne and Sydney each year and Sydney to Brisbane
  • seeing 33,000 flights each year, the demand to link these cities and eliminate the time
  • wasted in airports makes a significant case for investing in hyperloop.
  • Renowned for embracing the latest technology and with a densely populated mainland, Japan
  • is a prime candidate for hyperloop.
  • Despite being an archipelago with mountainous terrain, six of the countries seven largest
  • cities lie in relatively close proximity to one another on the main island of Honshu.
  • A hyperloop from Tokyo to the city of Kobe via Yokohama, Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka would
  • unite a region of more than 65 million peopleand that has a combined GDP of more than USD $2.8TN.
  • While Japan has long been a champion of high speed rail, hyperloop is expected to travel
  • at twice the rate of the country’s bullet trains.
  • This would make the entire trip, end-to-end, less than 35 minutes – compared to the current
  • two and a half hours by bullet train – and open the possibility of working in Tokyo or
  • Kyoto while living in Nagoya where the cost of living is much more reasonable.
  • With China’s urban population booming, linking cities more effectively would allow its economy
  • to continue to grow while taking pressure off housing in some of the country’s most
  • densely occupied megacities.
  • Hong Kong and Shanghai are both at the centre of two of China's most important megaregions;
  • the Pearl and Yangtze River Deltas.
  • While China has invested heavily in transport links between these cities, the efficiency
  • of the hyperloop system is almost impossible to compete with.
  • Covering 1,700 kilometres in a cross-country arch, the entire route would get you from
  • Hong Kong to Shanghai in less than two and half hours.
  • This route has the potential to make inland cities like Wuhan and Changsha much more influential,
  • sitting at the heart of a route just over an hour from the economic hubs that make up
  • 40% of the Chinese economy.
  • Set to become the world’s most populated country by 2025, India is extremely well placed
  • to benefit from an end-to-end hyperloop route.
  • With the number of flights between Delhi and Mumbai reaching 47,000 in 2017 – it's no
  • wonder this region is the first in a series of major industrial corridors that are planned
  • for the country.
  • The USD $100BN Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor – or DMIC – is one of the world’s largest
  • infrastructure projects.
  • Its objective is to link India's major cities, allowing them to draw on one another's manufacturing,
  • logistical and human resources and helping the nation become a world leader in manufacturing.
  • With Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata each expected to have populations in excess of 50 million
  • by 2100, an end to end hyperloop system would have a catchment area of over 200 million people.
  • At 4,000 kilometres in length, this route would put all three centres less than two
  • hours apart in either direction, greatly boosting the region.
  • When it comes to international routes for hyperloop, one of the most important elements
  • to consider is financial cooperation to fund the project and the ease at which people can
  • move between countries.
  • The fundamentals of the European Union (EU) address these criteria very directly.
  • While Brussels is widely accepted as the “capital” of the EU, administrative functions and branches
  • also sit in Strasbourg and Luxembourg.
  • Combine this with the European Central Bank located in Frankfurt and Europol in The Hague
  • and the process of moving politicians and government officials between these five centres
  • can present a logistical headache for bureaucrats.
  • Linking these administrative regions with economic centres along the route like Antwerp,
  • Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Düsseldorf, Cologne and Paris, could create an efficient loop
  • that connects over 25 million people and puts each city less than an hour from the others.
  • The UK’s thriving capital has living costs far above the national average, housing prices
  • that are unattainable for most and an infrastructure system that is continually playing catch up.
  • While other cities offer a more affordable option, the draw of big business to London
  • means that many people have little choice but to work there.
  • By connecting the high paying jobs of the capital to the more affordable economic and
  • manufacturing centres in the midlands and northern regions, the UK could address issues
  • like housing, the pay squeeze and infrastructure spending.
  • While high speed rail projects to connect the south east and the Midlands are already
  • under development, a hyperloop between Edinburgh and London would bring the cities within 45
  • minutes of each other and connect four of the country’s largest urban areas.
  • While not as well-known as the European Union, the countries of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay
  • and Uruguay are all members of a trade bloc known as Mercosur,
  • or the Southern Common Market.
  • This “proto-union” currently exists as a customs union with aims to promote, free
  • trade, freedom of movement and eventually a single currency.
  • Like the EU, the inter-cooperation between these countries makes this region of South
  • America a prime candidate for hyperloop.
  • Linking the largest cities in all four countries, this hyperloop would create South America’s
  • largest political and economic entity consisting of over 50 million people.
  • While the entire 2,700 kilometre route would take three hours to travel – significantly
  • faster than the five hours required to check in and fly – the main beneficiaries would
  • be Sao Paulo and Rio who currently lay claim to the 5th busiest flight routes in the world.
  • Known as the BosWash agglomeration, the North East of the United States is the most densely
  • populated region of North America.
  • Consisting primarily of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC,
  • these cities form a near unbroken urban link running for over 630 kilometres.
  • With more than 40 million people in the catchment area, this hyperloop could connect the nation's
  • capital with its largest city and beyond in under 50 minutes.
  • Texas is Americas second largest state in both size and population, but unlike
  • the dense Northeast – its economic centres are spread further apart, placing limits on
  • where people can live and work.
  • Houston, San Antonio and Dallas are the state’s largest cities and three of the largest in
  • the United States forming a region that has become known as the Texas Triangle.
  • Linking these cities and broadening their economic reach would further diversify their
  • economies while providing more employment and housing opportunities for Texans across
  • the state.
  • The state capital of Austin as well as Fort Worth, would also be added to the loop creating
  • an economic region of over 18 million people with access to jobs in the state government,
  • space agencies, oil, telecommunications and aviation sectors – all in under 30 minutes
  • from any direction.
  • Much like Texas, California is a large and populous state with far spread economic centres.
  • Distinct economies have formed in cities across the state – such as entertainment in Los Angeles,
  • technology in the San Francisco Bay area and manufacturing in San Diego.
  • While this concentration of specific industries is good for jobs, the cost of living in these
  • cities has risen to levels that most people simply cannot afford.
  • With San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, San Diego and Los Angeles making up five of the
  • 10 most expensive cities in the United States, connecting these centres to more affordable
  • regions would open up a range of housing options, addressing the critical challenges of affordability
  • and lagging infrastructure.
  • The Californian hyperloop could begin in San Diego and head north through Los Angeles before
  • connecting the regional cities of Bakersfield and Fresno to San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland
  • and finally the states capitol Sacramento
  • Including the more affordable Fresno and Bakersfield at the midpoint on this 900 kilometre journey,
  • puts them less than 30 minutes from any portal along the route, and would make commuting
  • to any of California's economic hubs significantly easier.
  • Did your city make our list of our suggested routes? Which regions would you like to see
  • connected by hyperloop in the future? Let us know in the comments below.
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