Meet Transpod, a Canadian hyperloop startup that thinks its proprietary technology — which it says improves upon magnetic levitation in both cost and efficiency — can enable the next, as the founders call it, “true leap forward” in transportation.
Founded in 2015, TransPod is designing the world’s leading hyperloop system to make ultra-high-speed ground transportation a reality.
TransPod’s system will move people faster, with dramatic reductions in fossil fuel usage. Based on aerospace engineering innovations, TransPod’s 1000km/h passenger vehicle system will bring about a new, convenient, reliable mode of transportation, to virtually shrink distances and connect people, cities, and businesses.
The TransPod hyperloop will serve both the passenger and cargo transportation markets, with a focus on countries challenged by aging infrastructure, high-density populations, and a need for transportation innovation.
TransPod Inc. has offices in Canada, France, and Italy, and works with a global partner network of industry leaders in the aeronautics, space, rail, and infrastructure industries.
Collaborating with this expertise, TransPod is re-inventing tube transportation from the ground up.
TransPod takes a physics-first and engineering-first approach to our design. We’re not using pre-existing concepts of “Hyperloop”, and we’re not crowdsourcing or harvesting ideas and trying to make them fit with each other. We’re developing every aspect of a new tube-transportation system, from design to systems engineering, from the ground up, all in-house and with our partners. With a focus on first-in-the-world designs and technological breakthroughs, all aspects of the vehicle, infrastructure, and passenger experience are designed to work together seamlessly, with high reliability, safety, and operational robustness.
Selling the hyperloop vision
In scuffed workboots peeking out from the legs of his baggy suit, Janzen, along with CEO Sebastien Gendron, laid out the value proposition for their company on Tuesday night in a small ballroom at the Marriott in Brooklyn, New York.
Transpod aims to bring its version of Hyperloop travel to the world by working hand-in-hand with government regulators from the start. In response to Canadian officials’ requests, Transpod has convened a working group with transportation officials from the European Union and Canada. According to Gendron, thanks to conversations Transpod has had with EU officials, the EU will vote on whether to allocate funding to hyperloop regulation studies within six weeks.
Transpod plans to begin construction on its first line (either in Europe or Canada) by 2025, with the goal of being operational by 2030. By comparison, one of the leading American hyperloop startups, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), has said it wants to actually have an operational hyperloop by 2024. And the goal of Hyperloop One (now funded by Richard Branson), according to its website, is to have three tracks up and running by 2021.
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