AMSTERDAM - Nine new possible routes for the futuristic high-speed travel Hyperloop have been unveiled on Tuesday, including a 629 kilometers journey linking Madrid toTangiers in just 47 minutes.
Hyperloop is a proposed mode of passenger and freight transportation that would propel a pod-like vehicle at a very high speed through a reduced-pressure tube and could potentially exceed airliner speeds.
The concept was first proposed by Space X boss Elon Musk in 2013 and is being developed by several firms.
Hyperloop One, one of the main companies aspiring to make Hyperloop a reality, has unveiled nine possible routes for this project, spanning over 5,000 km across Europe and connecting some 75 million people in 44 cities.
One of the proposed routes, and the only one which would leave the bounds of Europe, is the 629 kilometer link between Spain and Morocco, starting in Madrid and ending in Tangier.
One of the proposed routes and the only one which would leave the bounds of Europe is the 629-kilometer link between Spain and Morocco, starting in Madrid and ending in Tangier.
Like several of the proposed Hyperloop routes, the Madrid-Tangiers link would require an underwater tunnel between Algeciras and Tangiers, and Hyperloop is keen on building them.
While these proposed routes indicate some of the most likely regions to first get the new high-speed transportation system, it doesn’t mean that any of these proposed routes will actually be built. Dubai remains the most likely location to get the first Hyperloop system as the project is already undergoing planning and design over there.