Holland Mobility Sector Supports Award-Winning Hyperloop Design
Dutch mobility innovators continue collaboration on Hyperloop
Thanks to the Netherlands’ tech talent and infrastructure, the Dutch are leading global Hyperloop development. The Dutch mobility sector has supported what could be a new powerful form of transit, proving Holland’s leadership in smart mobility.
“The Netherlands is an ideal test bed for such new mobility technologies, not only because its culture favors this collaborative approach, but because of the country’s industrial makeup,” reports a recent article in leading tech publication Ars Technica. “The Netherlands boasts a large pool of engineering talent and expertise, robust infrastructure, and a receptive regulatory environment.”
The Hyperloop, a sustainable city transit system first introduced by Elon Musk, would enable travel at speeds up to 1,200 kilometers per hour. The Dutch aim to create a scalable model of the Hyperloop that could be implemented worldwide.
A student team from Holland’s Delft University of Technology is one of the groups leading Holland’s Hyperloop development. In 2017, the team’s design won the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition. This win inspired the creation of the commercial startup, Hardt Hyperloop, now a global leader in Hyperloop development.
The Netherlands’ Rising Smart Mobility Sector
The Netherlands’ unrivaled technology infrastructure and highly educated, English-speaking workforce have provided a strong foundation for Holland’s smart mobility sector. Companies like Tesla, Uber, TomTom and HERE have located in the vibrant Dutch ecosystem along with automotive multinationals.
Holland’s cutting-edge research facilities and universities also support the country’s mobility technology development. The Automotive Campus, an international hub for automotive technology and smart mobility research, is home to research institutions like TNO Automotive, TU Eindhoven and TASS. These partnerships, along with supportive R&D tax credits, have made the Netherlands an ideal testing bed for mobility technology.
Source: NFIA and ARS Technica21 March 2018