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The Mobility of Tomorrow

The Hyperloop is a rail moving at the speed of sound through a vacuum tube – and will relieve congested roads in the future. Researchers around the world are working on implementing this vision. Could this be a solution to our traffic problems?

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Los Angeles, the city of dreams, is the birthplace of a vision that could revolutionize travel. The Hyperloop is a rail moving at the speed of sound, 1,200 kilometers per hour, through a vacuum tube. The idea came from the billionaire Elon Musk. An international competition is intended to push the concept forward. A team from Munich has also been working on it. Students from the Technical University are determined to be part of the mobility of tomorrow. In the future, the desire for mobility is expected to increase. More and more people are traveling longer distances, but the existing infrastructure was not designed for such a mobile society. Is the Hyperloop - which travels as fast as sound - the solution to our traffic problems? Innovative technology has already been tried out in Germany. In the 1980s, the Transrapid monorail reached speeds surpassing today’s ICE and TGV. However, an accident resulting in 23 deaths on the test track in Emsland in 2006 put an end to its development in Germany. Does a new concept such as the Hyperloop stand a chance - or will we ultimately be left with that most durable of all means of transport, the car? Autonomous, self-propelled vehicles are designed to help make our mobility safer, but they may also bring new dangers. The first serious accident involving a self-driving car claimed a life. Nevertheless, digitalization is seen by many as the key to controlling motor traffic in the future.