Hype about the Hyperloop

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How long does it take to drive from Mumbai to Pune?

Correct! Wrong!

It currently takes between 3.5 - 4 hours to drive from Mumbai to Pune. It currently takes 1.5 hours to travel the same distance by train. By helicopter? Maybe 40 minutes!

How long will it take to get from Mumbai to Pune on the hyperloop once it is built?

Correct! Wrong!

The hyperloop can drastically cut down the travel time between these 2 cities in Maharashtra, and best of all, it will be affordable!

There was a big conference called Magnetic Maharashtra in Mumbai, India last week. This was a conference that representatives from companies around the world attended, and some signed agreements with the State of Maharashtra, to develop some of their technologies here.

One such agreement that was signed, was for a hyperloop to connect Mumbai with Pune.

It usually takes about 4 hours to drive from Mumbai to Pune. This is a trip that many people make through the week.

What is a hyperloop? It sounds pretty cool! Richard Branson of the Virgin group of companies (Virgin Megastores, Media, Galactic, Mobile, and many more!) also has a hyperloop company called Virgin Hyperloop One. They describe the hyperloop as a pod that can carry people. This pod is shot through a tube, onto magnetic rails. It doesn’t touch the magnetic rails, but hovers and glides above them while moving as fast as an airplane through the tube. Of course, Virgin is not the only one fooling around with a hyperloop. Our other billionaire inventor Elon Musk is also working on his version!

Wow! Which cities already have the hyperloop?

There is one development test site outside Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. India may be the first country to get the hyperloop if everything goes according to plan. This could be ready in 5 to 7 years.

What are the benefits of this hyperloop? It can:

  • go from point A to point B faster.
  • connect cities and towns in India that are not that well connected otherwise.
  • reduce the emission of greenhouse gases as this system uses electricity and not fuel like cars and buses do.

Of course, this also means that these places have to have the right stations and tracks all built out. It could take a much longer time, but it will be terribly exciting if it works out!

Check this short video out:

Written by: Sunaina Murthy

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