More About SwisspodJanuary 6, 2020
Global Tech Box – Startups, Tech & Innovation is a YouTube channel that provides its viewers with unique interviews run by Cédric Bollag. He uploads videos in which he talks to entrepreneurs, investors and other people working in startups from various industries.
In December 2019, he invited the CEO and co-founder of Swisspod Technologies, Denis Tudor. Tudor, who is only 25 years old, was previously a member of Rloop team. Right now he is doing his PhD in hyperloop and electrical transportation at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.
Swisspod is a B2B company (meaning business-to-business). As Tudor explained, Swisspod’s goal is to design and build capsules, and later on sell them to operators. The company will not be involved in building the hyperloop infrastructure.
This kind of strategy seems suitable for a person like Denis Tudor who has already built three capsules and is now working on his fourth one.
During the interview, Tudor was asked about his company, collaboration with the government, sustainability, the anticipated time needed for the hyperloop system to be introduced as a means of transport, challenges he is facing and his chat with Elon Musk.
Surprisingly, Swisspod’s main focus is not the high speed, as one might expect, but the efficiency. Tudor claims that this, along with low prices of the capsules, is most relevant. His company collaborates with universities in Switzerland which provides the students with an opportunity to work on hyperloop. Swisspod’s team, after a few months, has finished the preliminary design of the propulsion system of the capsule. They came up with nine different ideas of tackling the problem of the acceleration and its impacts on human body. Now they are working on improving the design of the pressure vessel and the capsule itself.
Tudor admits that one of the biggest challenges he and his company have to face is still the mentality of people who are not convinced that hyperloop has a lot of benefits and is worth investing. He also commented on the timeline for the whole hyperloop system and even though he could not say when it might be implemented in Switzerland, he assumed that for countries like China or the United Arab Emirates it might be a matter of the next 15 years.
The CEO of Swisspod was also looking back on his interactions with Elon Musk, especially the second one when they had a chance to talk about the idea of creating a hyperloop startup. It turns out that it was in fact Musk who suggested that, in order to succeed, the project has to be the cheapest and most efficient option available. It seems that his words really stuck with Denis, as his company is all about efficiency.
You can watch the full video below: