Hyperloop: New transport regulation in the United States brings it closer to reality

The United States Department of Transportation and the NETT Council (emerging and unconventional transport technology) have issued a document with federal regulation that will serve as a guide to new emerging transport formats. The document aims at formats such as autonomous vehicles and even the hyperloop, which, even though it is under the tutelage of the Federal Administration of Railways (FRA), also covered by the regulation.

The document refers to all entities that provide non-road ground transportation, whether by rail or through electromagnetic systems, with the inclusion of future routes using technologies that are not yet in use.

The new rules are a very important step towards the further development of hyperloop technology, as it creates a roadmap for its regulation, as well as the opening of tests in the United States. More importantly for the companies involved, the regulation opens the door to the readability of federal funds.

There are at least three companies developing projects around hyperloop technology: Elon Musk's The Boring Company, which despite being one of the precursors of the project, eventually turned to high-speed tunnels using automobiles; Virgin Hyperloop One a bet by Richard Branson on a startup that managed to materialize Elon Musk's vision.

Finally, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is perhaps the best positioned, having presented the Quintero One, the first capsule built for passenger transport. It is 32 meters long and has a 15 meter cabin. The company describes it as "the safest means of transport in the world" due to the way carbon fiber and other compounds are used in the development of these capsules.

To get an idea of ​​the investment needed for a hyperloop line, a project by Hyperloop Transportation Technologies to connect Chicago, Cleveland and Pittsburgh was budgeted at about $ 25 billion: almost double what Jeff Bezos earned in just one day, in one good morning on Wall Street