Besides faster and safer transit, hyperloop trains cause less damage to the environment, which is one of the key factors enabling the technology gain traction at a swift pace.
Hyperloop Trains Promise to Make Travel Faster with Lesser Impact on the Environment
In the coming years, the world may witness hyperloop trains as a common mode of transport. A leading transportation technology company in America has already launched Virgin Hyperloop One in 2014. It aims at commercializing the high-speed technology. Furthermore, the discovery was touted as one of the biggest breakthroughs witnessed in the travel industry in the recent past. A study reveals, if a usual flight trip between 500 and 1500 kilometers is made on hyperloop instead, it will help emission reduction by 58% on a yearly basis.
Furthermore, it will make trips reasonably shorter in comparison with trains making travels more convenient than ever before. While layperson could be concerned about price they may be asked to pay for the technology, experts opine that intra-city public travels will be available at a comparable price. Spurred by these factors, the hyperloop train market is forecast to witness strong growth in the coming years.
Certain Intermittent Challenges
While in theory the technology may sound brilliant, it is equally important to consider several challenges inherent to the technology. Furthermore, threat posed to the construction and society is also important to be evaluated. One of the biggest challenges preventing implementation of the technology is its cost and infrastructure required to build the elaborate tube system to support hyperloop train travels. This again would cost millions of dollars, which automatically makes governments of underdeveloped nations sceptical about the technology.
Furthermore, the technology uses electric propulsion for transport through a low-pressure tube. Also the vehicle is likely to float above track through magnetic levitation. Manufacturing the long vacuum chamber requires specialized technical skills. Not to mention, the installation of the lines will require felling of a number of trees, eventually leading to environmental degradation. All these factors may restrict the growth of the hyperloop train market to an extent.
Benefits it Promises to Offer to Society
Despite aforementioned challenges, the technology promises several advantages which are creating positive growth prospects. For instance, hyperloops can ensure better access to education and students will be able to study in universities situated across the country. Hyperloops will establish city-to-city links which will reduce the travel time massively. Hence students no longer need to worry about choosing universities and schools in proximity.
The same factor will also solve housing crisis in big cities. As it will enable saving travel time, besides making journeys economic and very convenient, it will no longer be necessary for people to look for houses in main cities. They would rather be empowered to choose cheaper options around countries.
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