In BriefAt a conference in London hosted by Port Technology, a Hyperloop One executive discussed a partnership between the company and online retail giant Amazon to bring same-day shipping to large portions of the United States.
Update: Hyperloop One reached out to Futurism stating that the reported tweet was incorrect. The company claims to have no planned partnership with Amazon and the information in the tweet was presented out of context. We are awaiting a statement from Hyperloop One for further clarification.
A tweet sent out early this morning by quarterly tech journal Port Technology shows Nick Earle, Senior Vice President of Global Field Operations at Hyperloop One, leading a talk at the journal’s Container Terminal Automation Conference being held in London.
The accompanying photograph shows the exec standing in front of a graphic presumably showing the regions the partnership will service. The graphic also lists some points related to cost savings.
Neither Amazon nor Hyperloop One have made any official announcements yet.
Hyperloop One is hoping to revolutionize land travel for both cargo and people. The company is busy building the infrastructure for its high-speed hyperloop system all around the world. Once completed, it will be able to move people and goods at extremely fast speeds of 1,000 kph (621 mph).
The speed of the pods themselves is not the only impressive feature of the system. According to Earle’s speech, “Not just speed — it’s demand that’s the important factor — freight pods could leave portals every 20 mins.”
A partnership between a major company like Amazon is a huge vote of confidence for Hyperloop One. Stay tuned.