WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF
One good idea leads to another, so they say, and now Denver thinks it can use an adaptation of the Hyperloop to reduce urban commute times.
Start-up co-founder Brogan BamBrogan has an unusual stance when it comes to the futuristic technology he’s building, which you can basically equate to a magnetically levitating car, or cargo, carrying skate that travels at speeds of over 200 mph – he really wants to work with regulators.
“We absolutely want to be safe,” he says, “we love regulation, we just want the right regulations.”
BamBrogan is the co-founder of Arrivo, a company that’s agreed to build a new style car transportation network in Denver that was inspired by the Hyperloop, the brainchild of Elon Musk, who originally got the idea from an 18th Century drawing to use “tubes” to transport goods under the River Thames in London, UK, at speed, and which is essentially a “pod in a vacuum tube that travels at Mach speeds.” It’s both an idea, and a concept, that’s been catching on big time around the world with the UAE the first to sign up to create the world’s first public Hyperloop network in 2021, and China raising the bar to try to create a version, dubbed the T-Flight, that travels at over 2,500 mph.
An End To Traffic? Hmmm.
In Arrivo’s case, they’re going to be building an “enclosed, electromagnetic superhighway” that “uses magnetic levitation to make the vehicles float, and electric power to move them forward.” The result, says BamBrogan, is a 200 mph car transit system that will let commuters get anywhere in the Denver metro area within 20 minutes or less, for the same cost as a toll road.
“Autonomous cars are coming, connected autonomous cars are coming, we think that’s going to increase the desire for people to move onto the freeways,” he says, “people are urbanizing.”
Colorado’s population grew 145 percent from 1970 to 2015, according to demographic data crunched by the Denver Post, and is expected to explode by 2050, but infrastructure, roads, convenient housing and transit have struggled to keep up in the state’s capital.
Gov. John Hickenlooper cited population growth as the reason why he and the Colorado Department of Transportation backed the public-private “super urban network” project.
“I don’t think we’re going to have to encourage people to use it,” BamBrogan said, “I don’t know too many people that want to spend more time in traffic.”
Work will start on the project later this year, and that’s despite the YouTube cynics who, quite rightly, if you look at the comments section, ask questions such as “How will people handle the G Forces of travelling at 200mph?” and “Why is the voice on the video so weird?” All important questions and I’m sure they’ll be answered in good time…