CEO of a Hyperloop Company Has Some Surprising Thoughts On The Future of Transportation
“Almost five years ago, Elon Musk suggestedthat passenger pods could zip through a vacuum tube at breakneck speeds. People — some high-profile investors, dozens of universities, and pretty much anybody that’s ever been stuck on a plane — went bananas for it. Hyperloop was born.
Since then, we’ve come kind of a long way. In 2015, SpaceX built a mile-long test track; in 2016, MIT researchers unveiled a prototype of the pod and then demonstrated the first ever low-pressure run a year later.
We’re finally getting to the point where the Hyperloop no longer seems like a pipe dream. An offshoot company wants to build a full line in Abu Dhabi in 2019, and one might connect Chicago and Cleveland.
Now a number of businesses have sprung up around the concept of the Hyperloop. Since it was founded in 2013, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) — the company that wants to connecting cities in the Middle East, like Dubai and Abu Dhabi, via Hyperloop — has grown to some 800 employees and raised tens of millions of dollars.
HTT’s CEO Dirk Ahlborn sat down with Business Insider to chat about his vision for the future of transportation at a venture capitalist event in Kazan, Russia. Some of what he said was what you would expect a CEO of a Hyperloop company to say. Some other points he made, were… a little more surprising. Here are the most notable points of the interview, ordered from “unsurprising” to “pretty far out there”:
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