Hitachi Rail will integrate hyperloop’s capsule travelling system with its signalling technology, the European Rail Traffic Management System, at HyperloopTT’s R&D centre in Toulouse.
Hitachi Rail has announced a technology partnership with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) to develop cutting-edge technology for signalling traffic management and control systems.
The intention is to integrate hyperloop’s capsule travelling system with Hitachi Rail’s ERTMS signalling technology to manage and automate the capsules which travel at speeds of up to 1,200kph (760mph).
Future mobility technologies
According to Hitachi Rail, the partnership underscores its commitment to leading future mobility technologies and its drive to be at the forefront of innovation. The adaption and integration of hyperloop capsule signalling will begin at HyperloopTT’s Research & Development Centre at Aerospace Valley in Toulouse, France.
“HyperloopTT [is] at the cutting-edge of high-speed travel, pioneering new modes of transport that can compete with short-haul airlines,” said Leonardo Impagliazzo, chief director of innovation, Hitachi Rail.
“This partnership builds upon Hitachi Rail’s commitment to developing innovative travel solutions. It brings our best-in-class signalling and automation systems to the hyperloop project and allows us to evolve those systems to embrace super-high-speed transport.”
Hitachi Rail reports that its signalling technology is used in rail systems throughout the US, Europe, Australia and Asia.
The ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) is a technology compliant to European Standards, highly interoperable, and key to safely moving millions of passengers every year, Hitachi Rail claims.
“We welcome Hitachi Rail to HyperloopTT’s ever-growing list of world-leading industry partners,” added Andres De Leon, CEO of HyperloopTT.
“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.”
Hitachi Rail is a fully integrated, global provider of rail solutions across rolling stock, signalling, service and maintenance, digital technology and turnkey solutions with a presence in 38 countries across six continents and more than 12,000 employees.
HyperloopTT’s European R&D centre in Toulouse is the testing site of the world’s “first and only” full-system and passenger capsule. In 2019, HyperloopTT said it released a feasibility study analysing a hyperloop system, which found that the system is economically and technically feasible and will generate a profit without requiring government subsidies.
Founded in 2013, HyperloopTT is a global team of more than 800 engineers, creatives and technologists in 52 multidisciplinary teams, with 40 corporate and university partners.