What is the Hyperloop One Global Challenge?

The Hyperloop One Global Challenge is a competition which invites teams anywhere on Earth to put forward a comprehensive commercial, transport, economic, and policy case for their cities, regions, or countries to be considered to host the first hyperloop networks. The Hyperloop One Global Challenge is not an engineering competition: we bring the technology, you tell us how it should be used in your location.

Advised by an international jury of leading experts in transport, technology, economics and innovation, Hyperloop One is seeking to collaborate with applicants who most powerfully make the case for how Hyperloop would not only transform passenger and cargo transport in their locations, but also how that Hyperloop transformation will drive economic growth, generate opportunities for development, and create radically new opportunities for people to live anywhere, work anywhere and be anywhere.



Who should enter?

Entries are encouraged from any kind of group with interest in a corridor. We positively encourage entries which bring together all the relevant parties with an interest in a corridor, including public sector authorities and private business, governments and investors, creative minds who plan infrastructure and the commercial partners who fund and deliver it.

CLICK HERE to see list of parties we encourage to enter, and to help get your creative juices flowing, have a look below at some examples of the kinds of team we're already collaborating with around the world.




Stockholm
Sweden
Helsinki
Finland

FS Links Case Study

Hyperloop One has formed a partnership with FS Links Ab, to study a potential hyperloop route linking Helsinki and Stockholm, the capital cities of Finland and Sweden. Hyperloop One reduces the journey time from over 16 hours by ferry to around 30 minutes. With on-demand service planned to all major intermediate centers of population, direct service to both Helsinki and Stockholm airports, and a combined 40 million passengers per year, FS Links uses Hyperloop One to create a Nordic super-region.

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FS Links Case Study

Hyperloop One has formed a partnership with FS Links Ab, to study a potential hyperloop route linking Helsinki and Stockholm the capital cities of Finland and Sweden, routing via the Åland Islands which lie between the two countries in the Baltic Sea. This route has substantial potential for freight, and millions of passenger journeys are made every year on this corridor, many of them by ship.

Hyperloop One reduces the journey time from over 16 hours by ferry to around 30 minutes. With on demand service planned to all major intermediate centres of population, and direct service to both Helsinki and Stockholm airports, with their combined 40 million passengers per year, FS Links uses Hyperloop One to create a Nordic super-region. Entirely new patterns of economic and urban development become possible, with Hyperloop One enabling Swedes and Finns to ‘live anywhere, work anywhere, be anywhere' on this 450km-long corridor.

A Project Scoping Study was commenced in Q1 2016, and preliminary findings will be reported in summer 2016. In addition to the international route between the two capitals, the study has focussed on how Hyperloop One can offer a substantially better Benefit to Cost Ratio (BCR) than proposed domestic high speed rail systems.

In Finland, for instance, Hyperloop One can link the historic capital and industrial heartland of Turku with Helsinki in around 15 minutes. A conventional wheel-on-steel high speed train would take 60 minutes, and would cost around twice as much to construct and three times more to operate. As can be seen from the route planning schematic below, Hyperloop One can also link the intermediate locations, to each other and to the major cities.



To take an example, the Hyperloop Helsinki - Salo journey time is under 10 minutes, compared to 1h 24m by rail or around 2h 00m by car. This enables property development on a significant scale in Salo, where property is typically 25% of the cost of Helsinki. As a consequence a redistribution of population is expected when it becomes possible to Live Salo Work Helsinki, for instance. A sub-10 minute journey time to Helsinki Airport means that the high-skill, high-tech facilities available in post-Nokia Salo become, in effect the closest Smart Manufacturing base in the EU to China. A 3 minute Helsinki to Airport journey, compared to 42 minutes by train today, transforms the integration of a capital city with its key transport gateway.

In Sweden, FS Links and Hyperloop One are engaging with the ‘Swedish Negotiation' process and with political decision-makers to explore how Hyperloop One could offer a radically better solution to linking Sweden's three key cities than a proposed high speed rail system.

The schematic below illustrates some key results. The proposed high speed network, which totals around 695km is mapped in red, linking the three major cities of Stockholm, Malmö and Göteborg. Distances from Stockholm are shown in the blue circles.



High Speed Rail journey times are shown in the red boxes, 1h 45m from Stockholm to Göteborg, for example. The radically better hyperloop trip times are shown in the dark blue boxes – 30m to Göteborg: so that's the benefit side. On the cost side of the equation, the hyperloop indicative capital cost of EUR 10 – 17 billion contrasts very favourably with the Swedish estimate of EUR 36 billion for a conventional high speed rail system, and with per-km costs from the current UK HS2 project indicating that a conventional railway could be as expensive as EUR 138 bn.

Putting the massively greater benefit of radically improved connectivity together with substantially lower costs enables FS Links to offer a hyperloop solution with a much better Benefit to Cost Ratio than any possible high speed rail system using old technology.

On this solid foundation a team of international experts is undertaking an analysis of demand, ridership and revenue and Wider Economic Benefits (WEB). This work produces the broad outlines of the network in terms of optimum routing and hyperloop terminal locations. This in turn informs a civil engineering study which defines the optimum route.

Geneve
Switzerland
St. Gallen
Switzerland

Switzerland - Cargo Sous Terrain

Hyperloop One joined forces with the Swiss industrial consortium Cargo Sous Terrain to develop a fully automated freight transportation system connecting major transport hubs in Switzerland. The system allows flexible, durable and cost-effective underground freight transport of pallets and packages.

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Switzerland - Cargo Sous Terrain

Hyperloop One joined forces with the Swiss industrial consortium Cargo Sous Terrain to develop a fully automated freight transportation system connecting major transport hubs in Switzerland. The system allows flexible, durable and cost-effective underground freight transport of pallets and packages.

Within the last two years, a bankable feasibility study was performed. Dedicated work packages were carried out to evaluate the market and revenue prognosis, technical solution options, options for an actual route alignment, including the geological and geotechnical considerations, the environmental and the social economic impact as well as a fully blown business case.

Tunnels were designed to connect the logistics hubs, distribution centers and logistics sites close to city centers. The last mile distribution will then be realized by dedicated and route-optimized inner city logistics.

The System is envisaged to be operated in cooperation with the partners of the Swiss retail syndicate comprised of COOP, Denner, Manor and Migros as the major retailers as well as the Swiss national logistics providers SBB Cargo, Swiss Post and Rhenus Logistics as well as Swisscom the national telecom provider.

For engineering aspects, partners as Herrenknecht, Implenia, Holcim and Swisslog support the project.

The new on demand type of underground freight transportation system will be used complementary to the Swiss road and rail network. It will significantly relive the Swiss transportation infrastructure.

The first scheduled section of about 66.7 kilometers in the central Swiss Plateau shall connect Härkingen/Niederbipp and the city of Zürich by 2030. Subsequently, a comprehensive network is planned between the Bodensee in eastern Switzerland and the Lac Léman in western Switzerland, with branches to Basel and Luzern.

The tunnels shall be built at a depth of up to 50 meters having a diameter of 6 meters.

In the next phase Hyperloop One and CST will be evaluating jointly with the top Swiss Universities ETH and EPFL the technical feasibility of applying freight transport specific transportation solutions based on hyperloop technology. Additionally, aspects of new business models will be elaborated.

Los Angeles
U.S.A
Surrounding
Areas

Arcturan Sustainable Cargo

Hyperloop One, AECOM and GRID Logistics, together with consulting partner KPMG, have committed to collaborate on a privately funded economic and technical feasibility study. The study investigates using innovative advanced technologies to alleviate traffic congestion in the Los Angeles area, to improve air quality and port efficiency and positively impact the city's economic competiveness.

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Arcturan Sustainable Cargo

Hyperloop One, AECOM and GRID Logistics, together with consulting partner KPMG, have committed to collaborate on a privately funded economic and technical feasibility study. The study investigates using innovative advanced technologies to alleviate traffic congestion in the Los Angeles area, to improve air quality and port efficiency and positively impact the city's economic competiveness.

The study's goal is to prove the technical and commercial feasibility of a new cargo delivery system for freight offloaded from container ships at the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach, the two largest ports in the United States, to destinations throughout the Los Angeles and Inland Empire region.

It is anticipated that the deployment of new technology and process combined with the creative use of existing transportation corridors will lead to increased port productivity, stakeholder revenues, job creation along with reduced emissions and traffic.

Recent statistics show that the most congested highways have on average between 30,000-50,000 trucks per day on the road. Many of the trucks on the highways are making trips feeding and de-feeding the two major ports, where they potentially lose valuable time and income, idling while they wait to pick up their cargo. With a higher percentage of freight that moves more efficiently between the ports and intermodal distribution centers, productivity, efficiency and revenues of all stakeholders can be increased significantly.

With those goals and a bold vision in mind, the commenced feasibility study aims to assess the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach's options for:

  • Engineering concepts for the hyperloop system and GRID SuperDockTM system
  • Potential routes and rights of way
  • Capabilities of the system to increase throughput and capacity at the ports

  • Increased revenue potential for port authorities, port operators, shipping lines, trucking companies and other stakeholders from increased throughput and capacity
  • Alternatives to divert traffic away from congested areas and reduce bottlenecks and the resulting traffic jams
  • The contribution this potentially all-electric system with a smaller environmental footprint has towards achieving California's goals of reducing CO2, other pollutants and environmental impacts in general
  • The potential level of economic growth locally and in the State of California

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Why Should You Enter and
How Do You Win?

You should enter the Hyperloop One Global Challenge if you have the vision of hyperloop on your corridor and the drive to make it happen.

By participating in our Global Challenge, you’re securing access to Hyperloop One resources – experts, time, and tools – to develop your ideas. From the many submissions we receive, our diverse team of transportation experts will narrow the proposals down to 12 finalists. As a finalist, you will get additional access to our ecosystem, technology, coaching, guidance and a dedicated Hyperloop One point person to help you take your idea to the next level.

Ultimately, three winners will be chosen by a panel of experts from around the world. Teams that demonstrate a real corridor opportunity, favorable economics, a favorable investment climate and the willpower to advance regulatory climate stand the best chance of winning. Winners will be able to tap further into our network, get full access to our technology and our ability to help raise capital in creative ways.

International Panel of Judges

Jury members listed below shall under no circumstances be contacted by competition participants or their representatives. Participants who attempt to contact jury members shall be disqualified. Additional judges will be added to the panel shortly. Stay tuned.

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Peter Diamandis

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Bassam Mansour

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Ulla Tapaninen

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Clive Burrows

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Alan Berger

Current Registrants

Hyperloop One Partners

Entries are now closed

Thank you to all who have entered. The response was amazing, and we are excited to go through all the entries. We will notify the finalists early 2017. Good luck!