Virgin Hyperloop One’s take on the freight transportationDecember 8, 2018
VHO teamed up with the British architecture and engineering company Foster + Partners and Dubai-based transport and infrastructure company DP World. They revealed a concept video showing Hyperloop system devoted to freight transportation.
Large, autonomous warehouses serve as interfaces between different modes of transport – enabling high-priority deliveries to be made quickly and efficiently.
Renewable energy sources, like solar panels on the terminal’s roof, are used to power the Hyperloop network and claim that the system could operate at “the cost of trucking and the speed of flight”.
Hyperloop is not the only innovative technology presented as a part of the sea-port logistics chain – the process is also supported by autonomous vehicles and drones as a last-mile solution.
The presented video shows that the solution is still at the concept stage, but focusing on non-intermodal freight at this point is the most surprising. Other companies, such as Hyperloop TT and EUROLOOP, has recently signed letters of intent with container terminals to work on a solution for transporting intermodal containers, which remains the shortest and most effective way to introduce a vacuum-oriented solution to the industry. Looks like VHO’s system parameters, from the beginning aimed at passenger transportation, are not enough to pursue the intermodal market, where re-packaging makes the move non-profitable.