Hitachi Rail is investing an undisclosed sum to integrate Hyperloop Transportation Technologies’ (HyperloopTT) signal system into its own signalling technology.
The integration of hyperloop capsule signaling with Hitachi Rail’s ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) will begin at HyperloopTT’s Research & Development Center at Aerospace Valley in Toulouse, France.
Hitachi Rail signaling technology is used in rail systems throughout USA, Europe, Australia and Asia.
Hitachi Rail’s ERTMS will be adapted and integrated with HyperloopTT systems to manage and automate hyperloop capsules traveling at speeds up to 760 MPH (1200 KMH).
Andres De Leon, HyperloopTT chief executive, said: “Having Hitachi as a technology provider will improve our system’s safety profile while showing the world that transportation companies are ready to contribute to our system.”
Leonardo Impagliazzo, chief director of innovation, Hitachi Rail, said HyperloopTT is pioneering a new mode of transport “that can compete with short-haul airlines”.
He said: “This partnership builds upon Hitachi Rail’s commitment to developing innovative travel solutions.
“It brings our best-in-class signaling and automation systems to the hyperloop project and allows us to evolve those systems to embrace super-high-speed transport.”
Hyperloop is described as the “fifth mode of transport” and uses a sealed tube or system of tubes with low air pressure through which pods can travel substantially free of air resistance or friction at speeds of up to 760mph.
Rival hyperloop company, Virgin Hyperloop, completed its first test run with passengers at its Nevada test track in November.
Hyperloop speeds mean connections like Paris to Berlin could be reduced to less than an hour. London to Manchester travel times could be cut down to 18 minutes.