JumpStartFund’s Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) announced on Tuesday a base technology of the HyperloopTM System, Vibranium, which is described as a smart material that was developed specifically for the Hyperloop application.
According to the company the new smart material is made out of sensor-embedded carbon fiber and is eight times strong than aluminum and ten times strong than steel alternative and transmits critical information for temperature, stability and integrity. It is also wireless, instant, and is much lighter in weight—roughly 1.5 times less than aluminum and 5 times less than steel—reducing energy output to propel the capsule.
HTT also revealed details about Vibranium, which shows the material in a dual-layer sandwich formation. The company noted that this allows for complete passenger safety even if the outer skin is damaged. The material communicates issues immediately and the Hyperloop capsule would be taken out of circulation for maintenance.
Dirk Ahlborn CEO of Jumpstartfund and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc., stated:
“Safety is one of the most important aspects of our system. We are 10 times safer than an airplane. Our collaboration with Slovakia and their technical skills in new materials, automotive and production processes have made this technology possible.”
It was also noted that HTT contracted with Slovakian collaborator C2i, a company that intelligently engineers carbon-fiber structures for next-generation cars and aircrafts, to develop Vibranium. C2i founder, Patrick Hesel, explained
“With HTT and other Slovakian scientists we helped develop Vibranium, a new smart material, which is the perfect solution to build a safe system. The challenges shown by the Hyperloop System are a perfect fit for the technical know-how available in Slovakian automotive, new material, and production processes.”
HTT also went on to announce its Digital Innovation Challenge, which is set to launch on July 6th in Bratislava. As part of the challenge, the company is reportedly developing a digital platform using mobile technologies and big data analytics, creating an opportunity for companies to improve travel and create new business potential.
Bibop Gresta, COO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, commented:
“The Hyperloop digital ecosystem will allow passengers and businesses to participate in travel in new and exciting ways. It gives us an opportunity to craft a digital world that will mesh perfectly with Hyperloop travel and its many related services—and solve a great many issues that plague business and leisure travelers worldwide.”
“We believe the connection between the rider and the digital environment is a crucial relationship. This competition will help us find that perfect interactive model to keep our riders happy, informed, distracted, and/or relaxed while planning a trip or traveling in one of our capsules. And it will allow businesses to precisely tailor offers, advertising, entertainment, and opportunities to our passengers, creating a truly singular experience.”
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