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Hyperloop's 'easy' train system is economically superior

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies CEO Dirk Ahlborn

The ultrahigh-speed transit system that the U.S. company Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is designing and developing in California is "superior in an economic sense" and "easy to realize because Hyperloop uses technologies that already exist, like pillars and tubes," Dirk Ahlborn, the company's CEO, said.

"It also makes sense concerning ecological aspects and transportation safety," because it utilizes natural energy such as wind power, Ahlborn said at the forum.

The company aims to create a transit system in which trains travel at supersonic speeds within a vacuum tube. "With Hyperloop, it becomes possible to travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just 30 minutes," Ahlborn said. "You can also solve urban problems such as traffic jams."

His company aims to start the supersonic service possibly in 2020, he said.

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is using crowdfunding to finance the design and development of the system. "About 800 people and 50 companies from all over the world support our projects," Ahlborn said. He called on businesses in Japan to join, saying, "I am also looking forward to collaborating with Japanese companies."

(Nikkei)

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