The Future of Transportation According To TU Delft Hyperloop and KLM MainportAugust 24, 2020
Cognizant, an American multinational corporation which is one of the world’s leading professional services companies, transforming clients’ business, operating and technology models for the digital era, has also been known for running Cognizant Podcasts. In the recordings, speakers put emphasis on digital technology and how it influences various types of organisations around the world.
In one of their podcasts, which can be found here (Part 1) and here (Part 2), the focus is on travel industry. David Womack, Cognizant’s Head of Experience Strategy, talks about the newest high-tech trends with members of both KLM Mainport and TU Delft Hyperloop.
KLM is the flag carrier airline of the Netherlands, and a part of the Air France–KLM group, as well as a member of the SkyTeam airline alliance. TU Delft Hyperloop, on the other hand, is a team of students from the Technical University of Delft. They were the winners of the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition in 2017, and the Open Education Awards for Excellence in 2019. It is also worth mentioning that this team is being sponsored and mentored by Cognizant.
In the podcast Olivier Oudegeest, Project Manager Mainport Strategy at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, talks about sustainability in relation to aviation, but also about the possibility of having some short-haul flights substituted by hyperloop in the future.
Two team members from Delft Hyperloop joined David Womack for the interview. Emma van de Ven, who is team captain was accompanied by her colleague and a full scale engineer Job ter Kuile. Together with Olivier Oudegeest they reflect on the travel industry, its future prospects, and the possible difficulties it will have to face before new solutions are implemented. They also discuss the changes which have occurred in this sector because of the ongoing pandemic, as well as the state of globalisation along with its current trends.
Another interesting topic in the interview is the shift of focus from individual modes of transportation to a big network working as a whole to enable going from point A to point B without having to worry about inconvenient transitions from one means of transportation to another. In order for this to happen the companies have to cooperate. A good example of that would be KLM planning to replace one of its five daily flights between Brussels and Amsterdam Schiphol with reserved seat capacity on a Thalys high speed train service.
This interview is a great source of information on the future of transportation to anyone interested in the topic. The acknowledgement of the complementary role of every available mode of transportation is truly refreshing and definitely worth considering.