On Thursday, Virgin Hyperloop one has officially added India to the list of those countries who are truly interested in near-supersonic, tube-based travel.
The company rebranded after Virgin Group’s Richard Branson came on as an investor, has signed an agreement with the government of Maharashtra and Karnataka for its upcoming Hyperloop project.
The project’s objective is to make a supersonic tube through which people can travel from Pune to Mumbai in just 14 minutes instead of traveling for 2-3 hours.
Nick Earle, Hyperloop One’s SVP of Global Field Operations, said:
“Imagine the potential impact to people’s lives and commerce if travel between Mumbai, Bangaluru, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, and Amaravati could take place in under two hours. Hyperloop could change the face of India just as trains did during the Industrial Revolution.”
“It could enable travel from Amaravati to Visakhapatnam or Bengaluru in 27 and 45 minutes, respectively. In the long run, hyperloop networks could boost India’s economy and people’s quality of life,” Engadget wrote.
People from small cities won’t have to travel to Urban areas for trading purposes. In fact, the Hyperloop project will change the face of India and eventually help in increasing its economy.
“India is just the latest nation to express interest in the Hyperloop. Finland and Dubai are both considering their own hyperloop routes. Meanwhile, Elon Musk is suddenly interested again in the idea he helped popularize back in 2013,” The Verge wrote.