Hyperloop One is getting closer to selecting a location for its futuristic transit system.
The Los Angeles-based startup announced the winners of its Global Challenge, which was launched to identify the best potential Hyperloop routes around the world. Hyperloop One narrowed 2,600 submissions into 10 final candidates.
The Hyperloop is a nascent transit system that would work by shooting passengers pods through tubes at speeds that could reach 1,120km/h. It has yet to be fully proven.
Hyperloop One still faces a series of hurdles before it can get a project up-and-running, particularly on the regulatory front. The company has made strides on the technical front by running two successful tests of its Hyperloop system, but they were short and lacked passenger involvement.
Still, Hyperloop One is taking steps to turn its vision into a reality. The startup currently has feasibility studies underway in Dubai and Finland and will soon launch one in Colorado.
Scroll down for a closer look at the 10 potential Hyperloop routes:
The 545km route would make six stops in cities like Manchester, Leeds, and Newcastle. The route was proposed by a team led by Paul Bell, a partner at Ryder Architecture, with support from KPMG.
The route measures 532km long with stops in Querétaro and León. It has attracted public sector support form organisations like the Mexico Transport and Communications Ministry and FerroMex, a railroad network operator.
This Colorado route is arguably the most serious proposal on this list. The Colorado Department of Transportation has entered into a public-private partnership with Hyperloop One to conduct a feasibility study of the 580km route. AECOM is also supporting the study.
A team led by AECOM Canada proposed this 640km route that stops in Ottawa.
The multi-state route was proposed by a team led by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and the Columbus Partnership. It even has support from Ohio governor and formal presidential hopeful John Kasich, the Indiana Department of Transportation, and the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The route measures 785km.
An Indian mobility startup designed this 1,102km route. The startup is composed of academic researchers who are collaborating with local transportation experts to reinvent public transit in India. The team was actually selected to design a Hyperloop pod for SpaceX's Hyperloop competition.
The Texas Triangle team is lead by AECOM with support from Dallas Area Rapid Transit and the City of Dallas. The 1,030km route would make stops in Austin and San Antonio.
The 414km route was proposed by a team led by AECOM with support from Miami Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works, the Florida Department of Transportation, and Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organisation.
Led by AECOM, the team proposed a 334km route with stops in Kolar and Chittoor.