Dutch's Hardt Global Mobility launched Hyperloop test facility

Tinuku ~ A Dutch technology startup and a construction company launched Hyperloop testing facility. The design of a steel tube will be used to help develop a futuristic fast transport system as a first step towards developing the system in the Netherlands as Europe's main transport and beyond.

Tinuku Dutch's Hardt Global Mobility launched Hyperloop test facility

"This is our goal for daily commuters, a concept of a fast and on-demand transportation system for everyone," said Tim Houter, CEO of Hardt Global Mobility.

Hyperloop was first proposed in 2013 by SpaceX and Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk to transport human cabins through a tube at a speed of about 700 mph (1,126 kph).

Hyperloop has levitating pods that are powered by electricity and magnets that glide through low friction pipes. The system will provide a safe, cheap and fast transportation mode.

The newly built test facility at Delft Technical University is a long tube of 30 meters (100 feet) and a diameter of 3.2 meters (10.5 feet).

Houter is part of the university student team that won a Hyperloop contest organized by Musk in January.

This tube will be used for low-speed testing in a vacuum. In the end the startup wants to build a longer high speed facility for testing cornering and line redirection.

The company then aims to start building Hyperloop routes between the two cities in the next four years, then between countries connecting cities in Europe.

"The vehicles inside these tubes are back and forth with levitation systems, stabilization systems and safety systems," Houter said.

Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Environment Melanie Schultz van Haegen said the Hyperloop system could help strengthen the Dutch position as a gateway to Europe to transport goods in the port of Rotterdam.

"If you can move goods quickly across Europe, it's very important for the competition," van Haegen said.