China to take on Elon Musk's Hyperloop with plans for a new 'supersonic' train that also uses vacuum tubes to propel passengers



The company behind Volvo has inked a deal with China's state-owned high-tech firm to develop 'supersonic trains.'


Geely and China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp. (CASIC) will work together to build the system, which is expected to closely mirror the long-awaited Hyperloop technology envisioned by tech moguls like Elon Musk and Richard Branson.


China already runs the world's longest high-speed rail line and is looking to build its own supersonic transport network.



The agreement was signed Tuesday at an aerospace industry show in the southern Chinese city of Zhuhai.


Plans for the partnership describe combining two technologies - magnetic levitation to eliminate ground friction and vacuum tubes to reduce air resistance - to create a 'hypersonic' mode of transportation, Geely said in a statement.


CASIC is working on a system that can shuttle trains at a maximum speed of 1,000 kph (620 mph) and studying technologies that could go as fast at 4,000 kph in the future.


'Core technology can’t be bought,' Geely chairman Li Shufu said at the air show, according to Bloomberg.

'The more you use others’ technology, the more reliant you become. We have to innovate on our own.

'The journey will be tough but the prospects are promising,' Shufu explained.


Geely and CASIC will 'pool their capabilities', the statement said, but it did not give details on their investment in the joint effort or a timeframe.


'Technologies developed through the realization of supersonic trains will help Geely Holding advance the fields of new energy vehicles, automotive safety, and new material science,' the statement said.


They're likely to face many of the same challenges encountered by other startups that have looked into developing Hyperloop systems based around magnetic levitation.


Many haven't figured out issues around passenger safety and proving the new technology.


However, many firms continue to charge ahead with bringing their Hyperloop systems to fruition.


The Hyperloop idea was unveiled by Elon Musk in 2013, who at the time said it could take passengers the 380 miles (610km) from LA to San Francisco in 30 minutes - half the time it takes a plane.


It is essentially a long tube that has had the air removed to create a vacuum.

The tube is suspended off the ground to protect against weather and earthquakes.


Branson's Virgin Hyperloop One last month announced plans to build a track in Missouri, on top of its working track in Nevada.


The Missouri system would transport people at roughly 700mph between distant locations through closed off vacuum tubes.


Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), one of the companies vying to make Elon Musk's vision of futuristic transport a reality, unveiled its first full-size, passenger-carrying pod in Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain last month. It could be in operation as soon as 2019, ferrying passengers at near-supersonic speeds of up to 760mph.


Another startup vying to make Hyperloop a reality is Arrivo.


Arrivo is working with officials in Colorado on a Hyperloop-inspired system in downtown Denver.


The firm has also entered a partnership with a state-run investment entity to pursue projects in China and around the world.




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Apostalypse, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 8 hours ago

It's worth noting that Elon Musk came up with the modern version of the idea, and released the plans for free, but he's not actually building any of the current attempts. China don't have to "steal" anything, anymore than Hyperloop One or Virgin have.



stanwynme, ontario, Canada, 12 hours ago

Nostradamus prophecy said that ¿the yellow race will inherit the earth¿



HKer, Hong Kong, China, 18 hours ago

While China already has high-speed rail networks covering the whole country and the US and Britain not yet start the building, Yanks and Brits still keep saying they steal and copy. So when this hyper train is running commercially in China, Yanks and Brits in the snail trains still says they steal and copy.



Dorsetness, Bournemouth, United Kingdom, 19 hours ago

'Similar' dimensions no doubt.



Sayie Sayer, Wankingvale, United Kingdom, 12 hours ago

Yeah and host of modifications, maybe fitted kitchens, seatside microwave and a host of useless additions to deviate the product from being noticeably plagiarized

@Dorsetness 是的,还做了很多修改,可能是配备厨房,座椅旁的微波炉和一些没用附加物,以避免剽窃太明显。


JustAnotherVoice, Camp Geiger, United States, 20 hours ago

The idea has been around for over a century. The problem has been with engineering, materials and efficiency



Apostalypse, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 1 hour ago

And established interests. Why build a risky new design when the government will pay you 100 billion to build an old one.

@ JustAnotherVoice还关乎利益,既然政府会给你1000亿美元建造成熟的系统,为什么还要建有风险的新设计呢?


the retired one, Utopia, United Kingdom, 21 hours ago

Yet another nicked Chinese copy



stanwynme, ontario, Canada, 12 hours ago

Nicked copy from where ? from you ? United Kingdom have been stealing around the globe and still does !.

@ the retired one从哪窃取的?从英国吗?英国一直在全球范围内偷窃,现在依然如此!


Doctor Yes, My-Secret-HQ, 21 hours ago

Meanwhile we're building a high speed rail line which our friends have had in Europe for decades.



Andrew, Kumasi, United Kingdom, 22 hours ago

Dear Annie Palmer, supersonic is a speed which breaks the sound barrier also referred to as Mach 1 (about 700mph) whilst hypersonic is a multiple of this speed normally 2 or 3 times which will not occur on railways in my lifetime or yours.



General Public 4 U, Palm Beach, United States, 22 hours ago

Surprise, surprise there's is extremely similar to his.



fisheyadam, End-of-the-world-as-we-know-it, United Kingdom, 22 hours ago

Not ever going to happen. Its all a pipe dream.



Sayie Sayer, Wankingvale, United Kingdom, 12 hours ago

It will, they just need to buy one from Elon musk and believe me within a month they'll have a thousand prototypes.



JeremyOsborne, Richmond Upon Thames London , United Kingdom, 22 hours ago




Sanity now, Haymarket, United States, 22 hours ago

It's not super sonic if it travels 620 miles per hour. The speed of sound at sea level and normal atmospheric conditions is 770 miles per hour.



TexasBlue, Houston, United States, 22 hours ago

Wonder how they stole that technology? Everyone knows China is where it is because they steal tech from UK and USA



Sayie Sayer, Wankingvale, United Kingdom, 23 hours ago

Way to go, Innovate



Sanity now, Haymarket, United States, 22 hours ago

With China it's more like duplicate.



Blue Statement, Hudson Valley, United States, 23 hours ago

Seems that Chinese are becoming innovators and the stereotype is getting stale.


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