The Future of Hyperloop Transportation
On April 11, 2018, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) co-hosted an event with the Hyperloop Advanced Research Partnership (HARP) to discuss the role of hyperloop in the future of transportation. The event began with an introduction from Pete Rahn, the Maryland transportation secretary and the chairman of the Maryland Transportation Authority (MTA). Rahn believes that Maryland has a congestion problem and that they must be open to any concept of innovative transportation that can help them better move people and things.
Following Mr. Rahn’s remarks, Dane Egli, Chief Strategy Officer of Odyssey Consulting and president/cofounder of HARP, introduced a panel of hyperloop experts to give their opinions on what the future of transportation holds. Sebastien Gendron, the CEO and co-founder of TransPod Hyperloop, feels that regulation is the key for commercialization, and his company’s objective is to develop hyperloop in the US.
Pete Stockton, managing director for Sonecon LLC, spoke of the need to include security considerations in the design process for hyperloop because if it becomes part of the foundation for American economic growth, adversaries will target it. Bibop Gresta, co-founder and chairman of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc., spoke of his company’s success in actually building the first hyperloop. He believes that many exciting advances are coming soon for the industry.