Hyperloop Infrastructure: Test Tracks, Tubes & Tunnels

Next Generation of Infrastructure: Hyperloop Right of Way

Skip to 6:31 if you want to learn about the various test tracks around the world.

When we look at the Next Generation of Infrastructure... some examples you can find includes fast mobile communication, autonomous vehicles, ebikes and and yes, hyperloop pods and Boring Company Loops…. We ask ourselves…

Where will these go? How can they work with other older forms of transportation and infrastructure Already out there?

Usually the state government determines what Right of Way is approved. But due to increasing urbanization and older infrastructure there arrises increasing complexity of interconnected infrastructures. 

The public requires national governments to increase Availability, Accessibility, Affordability, and Acceptability of infrastructure across urban centers. But this may imply that the infrastructure will requires alternative ways to ensure reliability and quality of infrastructure related services. Thus it could be theoretically owned and operated by the government… but actually it would be a public private partnership.

We know that Hyperloop concept as a utility fulfills most of the generation, transmission, distribution and supply that is typically in a vertically integrated utility.

Hyperloop technology can reduce energy consumption, traffic congestion and co2 emissions. But there will need to be new modes of outreach and newly developed governance to cope with growing complexity of infrastructure that hyperloop creates. So when the public is involved the government require utilities to regulate to safeguard public values.

Hyperloop makes things complex, as it is inherently interconnect into a larger network of infrastructure. When theses different infrastructures interact with each other they are different time scales for humans and different levels of disruption for current infrastructure.

So we need to find out: What is the emergent behaviour from hyperloop systems? What shape and behaviour resulting from interactions between hyperloop infrastruture and the users occure? What happens when companies and governments use hyperloop? What will be the changing functionality of a hyperloop system in years ahead?

Hyperloop will probably be a monopoly due to high capital costs in the short term. This is simply because of the high sunk cost in developing the technology and the greater path dependency property hyperloop technology. But new hyperloop companies might change that.

So if you were a hyperloop company, you need investment, flexibility and new technology that will insure a ‘now” transportation of people and cargo as a service.

As perhaps regular observers of hyperloop development…. We need to remind ourselves that  Hyperloop infrastructure is not only a physical network but it is increasingly appears that it will include a transportation and distribution network, carriers, conversion and storage facilities. This all need governance (management and control systems) to make hyperloop meet its functional and social objectives.

The reality is that hyperloop development can be fragile. Especially when coupled with legacy systems and the changing demands and preferences of individuals users and societies. Hyperloop infrastructure has yet to be fully tested for wear and tear, failures that happen far away in an integrated infrastructure system, or a failure in another infrastructure that hyperloop is dependent on, like the electrical or communication grid.

Thus we are going to learn about the different decision of current hyperloop makers and actors with their test of the hyperloop concept. These hyperloop companies are shaped by Investors, Regulators, Owners, Operators, Policy makers and us decentralized users.

You will see different ways hyperloop companies find ways to build test tracks as many solutions can be adequate and adequacy is context dependent.

So how will the future look like? What is the time horizon? Which technologies are most promising? Will hyperloop be energy neutral? How to make sure hyperloop meets new safety standards? How to ensure affordability in short and long term? What do you know about performance requirements given demographic and economic change? What data do they need?

Lets take a look at what is out there!


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