The Hyperloop inspires the imaginations of governments, businesses, and travelers around the world. Elon Musk is often perceived as the biggest sponsor of the technology. In the end, he actually announced that he wanted to build a Hyperloop himself, but he was more confused with further details. The company “Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT)”, on the other hand, has taken up the idea and is now working independently from Musk, On the innovation conference organized by Audi “MQ! The Mobility Quotient “, Dirk Ahlborn presented the company’s vision. Particularly interesting: HTTP relies on a worldwide network of voluntarily cooperating companies. They do not write classic invoices for their services but are rewarded with company shares. Together, the vision of the hyperloop is to become a reality.
The startup can directly access already existing expertise
How this works shows the example of the Cologne company Oerlikon Leybold. This produces, among other things, vacuum pumps and other vacuum solutions. The company also uses this expertise to help with Hyperloop. Thus, the Cologne experts have formulated a paper by describing the necessary theoretical foundations. On top of that, they also carry out simulations again and again, in which, for example, the specific energy requirement is to be determined. For HTT, this cooperation has a great advantage: the startup can directly rely on the existing competence and does not have to build up its own expertise in time and cost. How many shares the Cologne company receives in return is not known. The commitment would not be conceivable, however,
The intelligence of the mass should lead to new solutions
The cooperation was also very similar in the construction of the first transport capsule. This task was taken over by the Spanish aerospace supplier Carbures. Here too, remuneration is made via portions of the lead-in start-up. The first test track in Toulouse, in particular, could be built because the French authorities granted massive subsidies. In addition to the permanent employees, the startup also relies on the intelligence of the masses. So there are numerous volunteers who are committed to the project – and are also made a shareholder. This is not just about technical questions, but also about the future business model. Thus it is discussed whether a ticket has to be booked later for the Hyperloop trains – or whether other forms of monetarization are possible.
The goal is a global movement
The goal of Dirk Ahlborn and his colleagues was never to start a classic start-up and then to collect risk capital. Rather, a global movement is to be set up, which is committed to the vision of the Hyperloop – and in the case of success is then appropriately remunerated. The question remains to clarify when the first Hyperloop is finally driving? In Ingolstadt, Ahlborn was quite optimistic on this subject: the technology was ready, and now the government had to be negotiated. However, a window of a few years is realistic. The United Arab Emirates offered as a location – after all, the brother of the emir is also involved in HTT and thus part of the movement.