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Amazon May Be Using a Hyperloop to Deliver Same-Day Shipping

From Futurism:

Early details are trickling in about a partnership between Hyperloop One and Amazon to bring same-day delivery to a significant portion of the United States.

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. 

Link to the rest at Futurism and thanks to Brandt for the tip.

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12 Comments to “Amazon May Be Using a Hyperloop to Deliver Same-Day Shipping”

  1. I think the original source may be blowing smoke.

  2. I don’t know what I am talking about, but an idea flashed into my head when I read about Hyperloop One, which I had never heard of. Suppose a physical transport system were based on algorithms similar to internet routing and protocols like HTTP and TCP/IP. Of course, it could not possibly work for a million reasons, but then…

  3. it’s a nice dream, but unless there is a massive network of hyperloop paths, there is no way for the graphic to be reasonable.

    What would be reasonable is to have hyperloop paths from central warehouses to satellite distribution hubs (probably close to where the existing warehouses are) and then distribute out from there via the existing methods.

    the nice thing about this approach is that you can build it with much smaller tubes. They don’t need to be large enough to hold people. This sort of thing gets vastly more expensive as it scales up, so this may even make a practical solution.

    • People carriers will likely require transparent tubes and to be mostly above ground. Cargo pods can be buried and won’t need windows.

  4. It’d be a nightmare to get the necessary permissions to install the tubes, and probably an eyesore once they are installed. Putting Amazon on that board might mean absolutely nothing — just illustrating how a company might profit from such a system.

    I am old enough to remember the vacuum tubes used in department stores. But I forget what they were for. Had something to do with the purchase, so maybe it was for payment. Drive-thru pharmacies use them now.

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