As a species, humans are constantly able to invent faster and safer ways of transportation, largely thanks to advances in technology. We are now capable of travelling further, discovering more territory and exploring the world like never before. Over time, new inventions were developed to resolve transport problems and decrease travel time, whilst more are coming in the way to improve transport efficiency.
The world will start to experience the next big revolution in hyper-speed travel in Denver, Colorado. Developed by Arrivo, a Los Angeles based high-speed transit startup, this innovative way of transportation aims at considerably reducing travel times on journeys that take over on hour, to a much more appealing travel time of under ten minutes. The system will give the possibility to travel at a speed of 320km/h using electro-magnetic levitation to accelerate autonomously moving pods.
This innovative concept competes with the Hyperloop train which requires underground tunnels which may cause stress to some people, not to mention their high cost. On the other hand, Arrivo intends to build magnetic tracks on the existing highways instead of tunnels. “People will tell you that a well-functioning freeway can manage between 2,000 and 2,500 vehicles an hour,” Arrivo’s co-founder Brogan BamBrogan said. “The Arrivo system — because it’s a dedicated roadway with 21st century technology — can move 20,000 vehicles an hour” .
On the other hand, no tube means no vacuum, which limits the speed of Arrivo’s Denver system to 320km/h, unlike the Hyperloop trains which use the lack of friction provided by a vacuum to fly at a speed up to 1,200km/h. Still, if the Arrivo system works perfectly, getting around Denver will be much quicker and less stressful for all involved: “Everyone is a winner with our technology,” BamBrogan said. “Passengers and cargo arrive quickly and efficiently at an extremely low cost” .
For this purpose, Arrivo has designed four types of capsules as shown in the figure below, offering options to transport cargo, passengers in self-contained pods, or sleds that carry their private vehicles.
This amazing innovation should see the light in 2021.
Mariem, Consultant, Leyton France
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