What is the plural of Hyperloop? A zoom… a levitation… perhaps a hype? Well, I think it’s about time we agreed on one as a new player has entered the field. Yes, another company is now jostling for position in the race to bring to reality the currently hypothetical transport system first mooted by SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. That company is Arrivo - The Arrival Company, which aims to commercialize Hyperloop transportation systems in the United States and elsewhere. Hyperloop refers to the transportation system presented in a 2013 white paper written by Musk, involving pods, which float thanks to magnetic levitation, placed inside vacuum-sealed tubes that can hit speeds of up to 600 mph. Brogan BamBrogan, a former SpaceX engineer who most recently served as a co-founder and chief technology officer of Hyperloop One, will serve as chief executive of the new company.
Arrivo, are taking the field alongside the two major players; Hyperloop One, previously known as Hyperloop Technologies and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) with Canada’s Transpod getting an honourable mention. So what are the news kids on the block offering?
The magnificently moustachioed BamBrogan is one of seven experts who have co-founded Arrivo, including five former executives and engineers from Hyperloop One, and two engineers from SpaceX and Aecom. The departure of BamBrogan and his Hyperloop One colleagues was an acrimonious one with legal suits from both sides, before peace broke out in November 2016 enabling the new company to be launched.
"We're excited to have assembled such an amazing team of founders to take on this great challenge," BamBrogan said. "We believe deeply in this concept and are eager to bring our unique vision to the market. Los Angeles is the centre of engineering and innovation and we're proud to be headquartered in this great city."
Arrivo ( @ ) has initial funding in place and is rapidly building its engineering team, with 30+ employees expected to be in place by June and 70 to 80 by year-end. Beyond the lure of "re-imagining earth's transportation network", Arrivo is also offering market-leading salaries and equity. Arrivo has several projects and partnerships moving forward and is on track to establish two test sites, one of which will be in the United States. The company expects to have revenue-generating projects operational within three years.
BamBrogan ( @ ) said the co-founders named the company Arrivo after the Italian word for "arrival" to emphasize that the goal of travel is the destination, not the journey or the transportation experience. "Why travel when you can arrive?" he explained.
Here's a video of Brogan BamBrogan speaking about the technology whilst at Hyperloop One: .
Among the co-founders is Andrew Liu ( @ ) , who was most recently a senior vice president of Los Angeles based global engineering and construction firm Aecom, bringing 20+ years of experience designing transit infrastructure to the new company. His first transit project in 1996 was in his hometown of Los Angeles for the Metro Gold Line.
"It's been an honor to support the growth of the Hyperloop industry from the infrastructure side. After witnessing the landscape of companies getting into the space, I'm proud to bring Arrivo's vision to fruition, working alongside this talented group of company founders," Liu said.
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