Hyperloop plans to connect three EU cities

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The US isn't the only place looking to cash in on some of Elon Musk's Hyperloop action, with plans for tracks that would connect three European cities at speeds of 700mph.

Hot on the heels of California, Europe is already jumping on the Hyperloop hype. A new proposal from JumpStartFund's Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) is hoping to build super high-speed tracks between Bratislava (Slovakia), Vienna (Austria) and Budapest (Hungary) at some point in the not-so-distant future.

Coming soon to a city near you...

Coming soon to a city near you...
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According to HTT, one of three US companies who have already announced plans to build test tracks, an agreement has already been reached with the Slovakian government to push ahead with plans for the Hyperloop, which features a vacuum tube and capsules that shoot along it at speeds of up to 700mph.

"Slovakia is a technological leader in the automotive, material science, and energy industries, many of the areas that are integral to the Hyperloop system," said HTT CEO Dirk Ahlborn in a statement.

"Having a European Hyperloop presence will incentivize collaboration and innovation within Slovakia and throughout Europe. With our project in Quay Valley, this agreement with Slovakia, and future developments with other regions of the world, HTT truly has become a global movement."

If the company's plans go ahead, the Hyperloop service would cut the 35-mile journey betwen Vienna and Bratislava to just eight minutes, whilst Bratislava to Budapest (100 miles) would take just ten minutes. Another route between Bratislava and Kosice, in eastern Slovakia, is reportedly being considered to cut a 250-mile journey down to just 25 minutes (compared to the 4.5 hour car journey currently required).

"Hyperloop in Europe would cut distances substantially and network cities in unprecedented ways," said Vazil Hudak, Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic. "A transportation system of this kind would redefine the concept of commuting and boost cross-border cooperation in Europe."

Whilst no test tracks have yet been built and designs for the high-speed rail's pods are still being finalised, Hyperloop's co-founder has already hinted that the world could see its first track by 2020. All they need is for plenty of investment to keep walking their way...

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