The idea for the Hyperloop Pod Competition came from Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who wanted to promote a fifth kind of transportation – in addition to cars, trains, planes and boats – whereby passengers travel in pods propelled through vacuum tubes called Hyperloops at speeds of up to 1,000 km/h. His company SpaceX launched the Competition in 2015 to test the technical feasibility of his idea. Student teams have to design a self-propelled pod that can travel through a 1.2 km-long Hyperloop test track at maximum speed with successful deceleration.
“Being part of a competition so difficult, where the level of engineering is so high, is an invaluable experience”, says Lorenzo Benedetti.
New pod of the 2019 competition: