US start-up Hyperloop One has suggested that its technology could be used in Australia and the Netherlands.
The firm, which was founded to commercialise Elon Musk’s ultrafast transport technology, has said that a Hyperloop system located on Australia’s east coast would make "perfect sense".
The transport link would run north to south along the coast, from Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne to Geelong at the southern terminus.
The firms said: "Projections by Infrastructure Australia suggest that, by 2031, the population of greater Melbourne is expected to nearly double and metropolitan Sydney is projected to increase by more than 35%."
The firms notes that "Hyperloop is simply faster, better, cheaper and greener than any high speed transport alternative available, for both passengers and freight" and that this will be demonstrated next year when it has its "first full system test".
A map of Australia’s possible hyperloop link (Hyperloop One)
Last week Hyperloop One presented a case for their new method of transport in Sydney, but it is not clear when or if a definite schedule of work will be announced.
The company has suggested the Netherlands’ Randstad region as another option; here, a Hyperloop would connect The Hague, Utrecht, and Rotterdam with Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport.
The firm said a "Randstad loop using Hyperloop One’s 1,200 km/h on-demand transport system would connect everywhere to everywhere in one of the world’s most vibrant economic zones in 10 minutes or less".
Last month ports giant DP World invested millions in Hyperloop One.
Earlier this year, Hyperloop One and DP World conducted tests in Dubai to weigh up advantages of freight Hyperloop.
Top image via Hyperloop One