Hyperloop could service Jakarta and Indonesia's two largest islands
Indonesia could be the next country, and perhaps the first in Southeast Asia, to test a hyperloop rapid transport system.
INDONESIA — Indonesia could be the next country, and perhaps the first in Southeast Asia, to test a hyperloop rapid transport system.
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has announced a $2.5 million feasibility study for three possible routes including at least one to service Jakarta, which suffers extreme traffic congestion.
A hyperloop works by propelling a magnetically levitating passenger or cargo capsule through a de-pressurized tube. The low friction could enable it to exceed jetliner speeds.
Hyperloop technology is perfectly suited to Indonesia, a country with a high population density but underdeveloped transport infrastructure.
The hyperloop’s capsule vehicle would accelerate to cruising speed using a linear electrical motor, and the near-vacuum tubes would enable travel as fast as 760 miles per hour.
The company says travel time on the 560 mile route between Jakarta and Yogyakarta could be slashed to 25 minutes.
The frictionless motion enabled by magnetic levitation or air bearings would provide an exceptionally smooth ride, leaving passengers refreshed rather than exhausted by what might otherwise have been a long drive.
The feasibility study will examine routes first in Sumatra, then Jakarta and then other parts of Java.
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