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Listen: Cutting Through the Hype Around Hyperloop

Is India ready for this high-speed transit system? Or are there cheaper upgrades to the current rail network that would be more sensible?

An illustration of a Hyperloop pod. Credit: samchurchill/Flickr, CC BY 2.0

An illustration of a Hyperloop pod. Credit: samchurchill/Flickr, CC BY 2.0

You’ve probably heard of the Hyperloop, the high-speed mode of transport that could potentially change the way we travel. Dreamed up by entrepreneur and inventor Elon Musk, the Hyperloop promises to cut travel times substantially, promising to cover 500km in about 30 minutes. There’s even talk of the Hyperloop coming to India, and connecting cities like Mumbai and Delhi, and Bengaluru and Chennai. But how does this transport system (that looks like something out of The Jetsons) work? And is India ready for it? Or are there cheaper upgrades to the current rail network that would be more sensible? Samanth Subramanian and Padmaparna Ghosh find out in this episode of The Intersection.

This is the latest episode of The Intersection, a fortnightly podcast on Audiomatic. For more such podcasts visit audiomatic.in.