In May 2016, Hyperloop One invited everyone from individuals to governments to enter its Global Challenge in an effort to bring Hyperloop One transportation to their country or state. The number of entries reached 2,600 but were whittled down to 35 for the semi-finalist showcase.
A total of 17 countries are accounted for and include every continent. The US currently has 11 entries, India has five, the UK has four. Some of the notable proposed sites include Los Angeles to Ensenada (US), London to Edinburgh (UK) and Madrid to Tangiers (ES). The semi-finalists will now have to showcase their proposals in three upcoming dates: February 28 in New Delhi, India, April 6 in Washington D.C., and April 27 in London, UK. At the showcase, the contestant cities will get an opportunity to present models, maps, renderings and videos of their proposals.
The Global Challenge is Hyperloop One’s attempt to gain interest from cities to bring “transport technology to their region.”
“The Hyperloop One Global Challenge unleashed ideas from some of the world’s most creative engineers and planners, who care as much as we do about the future of transportation,” said Rob Lloyd, the CEO for Hyperloop One. “These are all solutions that can make a real and immediate social and economic impact.” The finalists are expected to be selected by May.
Hyperloop One gets one step closer to bringing speed transportation to the world
Being from California, where the car is king, I can speak from first-hand experience just how terrible transportation is here. The dream of fully built transportation system is probably never going to happen, but getting Hyperloop to Baja California is the first step to expanding a new transportation system here.
There are many more countries that would also benefit from this, including India, who has five entries. The Global Challenge is fun and all, but the real challenge will come after finalizing the routes, getting them built. Down below are all 35 semi-finalists.
- AR Buenos Aires-Cordoba
- AU Sydney-Melbourne
- CA Ontario (cargo)
- CA Toronto-Montreal
- CA Vancouver (cargo)
- CH Shanghai-Hangzhou
- DE Autobahn
- EE Tallin-Helsinki
- ES Madrid-Tangiers
- FR Corsica-Sardinia
- IL Eilat-Tel Aviv
- IN Bangalore- Thiruvananthapuram
- IN Chennai-Bangalore (two proposals)
- IN Port connector
- IN Mumbai-Chennai
- IN Mumbai-Delhi
- KS Seoul-Busan
- MX Mexico City-Guadalajara
- NL Dutch Loop
- PL Warsaw-Wroclaw
- SA Durban- Johannesburg
- UK Glasgow-Cardiff
- UK London-Edinburgh
- US Boston-Somerset
- US Cheyenne-Houston
- US Gary-Louisville
- US LA-Ensenada, MX
- US Kansas City-St Louis
- US Miami-Orlando
- US Midwest
- US Nevada
- US Colorado (two proposals)
- US Seattle-Portland
- US Texas Triangle (Austin, Dallas, and Houston)
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