Hyperloop One has announced the winning teams of its Hyperloop One Global Challenge, which has identified ten new potential routes located in the US, the UK, Canada, Mexico and India.
The ten teams and their respective potential projects were selected by a panel of experts after considering a range of aspects such as infrastructure, technology and transportation.
Hyperloop One is now set to begin working with the winning teams to determine the commercial feasibility of the respective routes.
Additionally, Hyperloop One and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will sign a public private partnership agreement to start a viability study in Colorado with the assistance of US-based engineering firm AECOM.
The competition's winning routes were Cheyenne-Denver-Pueblo, Chicago-Columbus-Pittsburgh, Miami-Orlando and Dallas-Houston in the US; Edinburgh-London and Glasgow-Liverpool in the UK; Mexico City-Guadalajara in the Mexico; Bengaluru-Chennai and Mumbai-Chennai in India; and Toronto-Montreal in Canada.
The routes connect a combined total of 53 urban centres and span a distance of roughly 6,628km.
Hyperloop One co-founder and engineering president Josh Giegel said: “We’re encouraged by these compelling projects that aim to increase passenger mobility, connect urban centres, reimagine trade and cargo, and enhance quality of life.
“We look forward to working closely with all the winners, their partners and local authorities to examine the feasibility and scope of these routes and, ultimately, build the first Hyperloop routes around the world.”
Following detailed analysis, the company is expected to investigate the proposals further in order to estimate the routes' initial ridership, business case and preliminary technical analysis.
Hyperloop One's business and technical leaders will also conduct in-country workshops with each team and connect them with its global partner network to hone the scope of the potential routes.
The Hyperloop One Global Challenge began in May last year with an inivitation for individuals, universities, companies and governments to submit comprehensive proposals for the implementation of Hyperloop One's transportation technology.