The Hyperloop conceived by Elon Musk could become the fifth main mode of transport on our planet. In case does ever come into existence, a global map has been designed, working from the principle that almost all the large cities in the world could be connected.
Launched in 2013 by Elon Musk, the Hyperloop project is still at the testing and tweaking stages. This hypersonic train, intended to move via magnetic conduction, could potentially reach a maximum speed of 1200 km/h.
At this speed, journey times would be dramatically reduced! Currently, the most developed project is the one planning for an Eastern European line, linking Prague, Brno and Bratislava.
The map presented below was completed by Mark Ovended in 2003. At the time, the Hyperloop project had not yet emerged. This map is actually a hypothetical map for a global underground network suggested for 2008. It should be borne in mind that in 2003, almost every large city worthy of the name that didn’t have an underground system, had plans to have developed one by 2008.
Thus it is easy to imagine this hypothetical underground system being replaced by the Hyperloop, and thus to imagine travelling the world at incredible speeds. However, there is no doubt that the chances of making certain journeys on the Hyperloop are slim. The above map suggests that it could pass through Britain, France, Western Africa, Scotland and even Siberia, although the likelihood of this remains to be seen. Well, we can always dream!
At the beginning of May 2016, a first test of the Hyperloop was carried out with success, at a speed of 640 km/h. The Hyperloop should eventually link San Francisco and Los Angeles in just a half an hour’s journey, and this is anticipated for 2021. The Hyperloop One company also fundraised 80 million dollars in 2016, in which France’s rail network also participated, suggesting that they are very interested in development in France.
The Hyperloop could also have a sub-marine version, and there is currently a similar project being developed by competitors in South Korea -the Hyper Tube Express (HTX).