The world’s next evolution in hyperspeed commuting will start west of Denver International Airport and ultimately could cost local drivers the same price they pay to travel Colorado’s toll roads.
Arrivo, the Los Angeles high-speed transit startup, will open a new research and development center in Commerce City in the first quarter of next year. The company, whose co-founders hail from Virgin Hyperloop One and SpaceX, will then build a half-mile test track to study the commercial viability of a new type of roadway where humans don’t do the driving. Instead, the high-tech roads and autonomous pods racing at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour will handle the movement.
“People will tell you that a well-functioning freeway can move 2,000 to 2,500 vehicles an hour,” co-founder Brogan BamBrogan said at a Tuesday news conference. “The Arrivo system — because it’s a dedicated roadway with 21st century technology — can move 20,000 vehicles an hour.”
ArrivoArrivo, a next-generation road system, partnered with Colorado Department of Transporation and E-470 to build a R&D facility and half-mile test track to see if high-speed autonomous travel on dedicated roads will fix Colorado’s traffic congestion and safety issues.
Arrivo is using technology available today but unproven to be commercially viable. It’s similar to Virgin Hyperloop One, which BamBrogan also co-founded but left after a legal battle last year. But where hyperloop relies on vacuums and tunnels, Arrivo plans to build on existing roadways and use electronics and magnets to accelerate the autonomously moving pods. Pods would hold cars, freight or, like a mini bus shuttle, people.
BamBrogan, a former SpaceX engineer, likened the process to what the Elon-Musk founded company did for space travel.
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Source:: The Denver Post – Business