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Registration for Smart City 360° Summit 2016 is now OPEN!

The 2nd edition of the International Summit Smart City 360°  will take place  on 22-24 November 2016 in the Slovak capital, Bratislava. The Summit will provide a platform for scientific collaboration, presentation of scientific output and to link research with practice, bridging the automotive industry with the IT sector, looking into what the future holds for everyone involved.

Since 2007, Slovakia has been the world’s largest producer of cars per capita. New car producer joining the Slovak market will enhance the strategic role of automotive industry in the country even further. On the other hand, the future of mobility does not lie in hardware and manufacturing, there is a shift towards software and services being at the center of attention. Manufacturers have to move up the value chain and enter the century of self-driven cars as that is where the economic future resides.

Smart City 360° – connecting three different perspectives, three different ´worlds´ – industrial, academic and institutional point of view. The Summit will bring together industry representatives, makers, vendors, experts, developers and others to plan, learn, network, collaborate, strategize and more effectively tap into the immense potential of the Smart City domain.

The Smart City 360° 2016 Summit will address topics such as The current situation and future outlook on the automotive industry, what it takes to educate and recruit the right talent, but it will also deal with Alternative energy sources and Cost effective solutions for governments and municipalities. The audience will also hear several success stories and a future forescast to see where the industry will be heading in the next few years.

The Summit speaker list includes such distinguished names as: Roman Brecely (Minister of Transport, Construction and Regional Development, Slovakia),  Robert Redhammer (Rector at Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava), Swen Postels (Strategist and Chief Technologist Automotive Hewlett-Packard GmbH), Martin Jesny (Director of SON Media and Information Professional), Jaroslav Holeček (President of Automotive Industry Association of the Slovak Republic), Dagmar Cagáňová (Assistant Professor at Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava), Radoslav Mizera (Vice President, Solved- The Cleantech Company),  Pavol Šajgalík (President, SAS  – Slovak Academy of Science), Robert Šimončič (CEO of Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO)), Thomas Willson (Standardisation Officer Smarts meters and Smart grids, Chemicals, Energy- European Environmental Citizens´ Organization for Standardisation),  Ján Lešinský (Professor, FME STU), Bert Witkamp (Secretary General of AVERE, The European Association for Electromobility), Rastislav Chovanec (State Secretary of The Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic), Tamás Vahl (Industry Leader Distribution, Energy and Utilities IBM Central and Easter Europe (CEE)), András Alföldy-Boruss (Founder of Next Generation Stress Management (NGStress)), Jean-Luc Di Paola-Galloni (Co-Chairman, ERTAC), Peter Chovanec (Uber Operations Manager, Czech Rep. and Slovakia), Csaba Juhász (Electric Engineer) with more to come.

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WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND
  • Discuss pressing issues and hot topics such as alternative energy sources, self-driven cars and connected cars,
  • Join the Technology forecast session, where our experts will share their ideas with you,
  • Hear from others about Success Stories and Real-world examples.

If you need further information about the Smart City 360° Summit, check the official website.

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Inside Hyperloop News

Have you ever dreamt about travelling underwater?

Checking in first with recent news in feud between Hyperloop One and BamBrogan & Co., Hyperloop One is now filing a counter-lawsuit claiming the four, new defendants… [Brogan BamBrogan, Knut Sauer, David Pendergast and William Mulholland]

“…staged a failed coup to try to take over Hyperloop One and, failing that, conspired to steal our intellectual property and start their own company. They engaged in gross misconduct in pursuit of their illegal plan. They will now be held fully accountable in a court of law. Today’s filing also makes clear that the complaint filed last week was an attempt to divert attention, through lies and half-truths, from the erratic and insurrectionist behavior of these four individuals.”

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Former Hyperloop One co-founder and CTO Brogan BamBrogan (Source: Wired)

Apparently, these employees were dissatisfied with the way Hyperloop One was operating and the means to achieve justice entailed a coup d’etat. I am not sure how this case will unfold, however, one thing I know is that, like any other military or boardroom coup, rivals are formed. From Bambrogan’s perspective, he can hope that not all future work opportunities are lost if this case falls over his shoulders. On the other side, Hyperloop One representatives seek a successful counter-lawsuit in order to reassure investors of their stability and promising future.  

Despite the legal fights, Hyperloop One moves forward. If the idea of the Hyperloop wasn’t extraordinary enough for you til now, I introduce to you one of their newest proposal: the creation of an underwater offshore tunnel to be used for the transportation of cargo.
Peter Diamandis, a Hyperloop One board member and CEO of the X-Prize Foundation, told Business Insider:

“Conceptually, I think one of the things that’s interesting about the future is there’s a lot of underutilized space underground… And I think one of the areas the Hyperloop can become an expert in is tunneling technology in the future.”

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Hyperloop One proposed re-location of cargo ports off-shore (Source: Hexapolis)

Is this possible? Maybe, maybe not. But the benefits from doing such innovation deem great rewards for the society as a whole. First and foremost, it is crucial to note the difference in time it would take to transport loads of cargo through this new tunneling technology. Imagine a world where instead of having to rely on those massive container ships (which were revolutionary for us in the 1970’s), this proposed tunneling technology offers to solve this problem by transporting general cargo at extreme speeds. 
Further advantages of transporting cargo underwater include the creation of space on-shore for more real-estate opportunities and the potential to build greater public amenities. I envision that going from city A to city B in an underwater tube would be the closest thing to a Disneyland version ride for adults.
In order for any of these concepts to prevail against the test of time, Hyperloop One must use collaboration of the public and its constituents, which is exactly what they have been doing up until now.

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Conferences

Smart City 360° Summit will be back in 2016!

The 2nd edition of the International Summit Smart City 360°  will take place  on 22-24 November 2016 in the Slovak capital, Bratislava. The Conference will provide a platform for scientific collaboration, presentation of scientific output and to link research with practice, bridging the automotive industry with the IT sector, looking into what the future holds for everyone involved.

Since 2007, Slovakia has been the world’s largest producer of cars per capita. New car producer joining the Slovak market will enhance the strategic role of automotive industry in the country even further. On the other hand, the future of mobility does not lie in hardware and manufacturing, there is a shift towards software and services being at the center of attention. Manufacturers have to move up the value chain and enter the century of self-driven cars as that is where the economic future resides.

The Smart City 360° 2016 Summit will address topics such as The current situation and future outlook on the automotive industry, what it takes to educate and recruit the right talent, but it will also deal with Alternative energy sources and Cost effective solutions for governments and municipalities. The audience will also hear several success stories and a future forescast to see where the industry will be heading in the next few years.

The Summit speaker list includes such distinguished names as: Roman Brecely (Minister of Transport, Construction and Regional Development, Slovakia),  Robert Redhammer (Rector at Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava), Martin Jesny (Director of SON Media and Information Professional), Jaroslav Holeček (President of Automotive Industry Association of the Slovak Republic), Dagmar Cagáňová (Assistant Professor at Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava), Radoslav Mizera (Vice President, Solved- The Cleantech Company),  Pavol Šajgalík (President, SAS  – Slovak Academy of Science), Robert Šimončič (CEO of Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO)), Thomas Willson (Standardisation Officer Smarts meters and Smart grids, Chemicals, Energy- European Environmental Citizens´ Organization for Standardisation),  Ján Lešinský (Professor, FME STU), Bert Witkamp (Secretary General of AVERE, The European Association for Electromobility) with more to come.

See the program of the summit HERE.

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China has actually built an elevated bus that straddles car traffic

Traffic jams are a pain, especially in the mornings when all of humanity joins together for a mutual cause – cursing the congested roads with their cars. But given the right circumstances, a bus can hold the high ground and allow passengers to not only move at “lightning speed” over the frustrated drivers, but also become a significantly more ecological means of transportation. Six years ago, Chinese engineers pondered exactly that and came up with a pretty wacky idea: To build a mammoth bus/train hybrid that would straddle the road, carrying hundreds of passengers with cars running underneath it. Long story short, they delivered on their promise and actually managed to build a prototype.
Causing mass excitement back in May 2016 with photos of an odd, elevated bus circulating the internet, China not only proved the “Transit Elevated Bus” is a real thing, but it also had its first test run. As reported by Shanghaiist, it happened in Hebei province’s Qinhuangdao city on Wednesday. Powered up entirely by electricity, “TEB” is designed to handle 300 passengers, coming in at 22 meters in length, 7.8 meters in width (stretching across two lanes) and 4.8 in height. As further observed by Engadget, the vehicle is supposed to reach 40 to 50 km/h, while earlier concepts shown it will be able to carry up to 1,200 passengers with multiple carriages linked together, and travel at 60 km/h. Conceptually similar to a subway, it would cost five time less and take only a year to finish.

As astonishing as it may sound, there is still room for some well-founded doubts. According to the reporters from Engadget, the test run was more of a proof of concept demo rather than a technical test run. No turns, traffic lights or bridges were involved. The vehicle also moved cautiously slow on its disappointingly short 300-meter demo track. It’s also important to note that cars taller than 2 meters will find themselves unable to slip underneath.
Even though the experimental ride was a success, there are still numerous tasks to be fulfilled before it becomes convincing enough. Most importantly, simulating the run with real world traffic conditions. If all goes well, the project should become a reality by the end of the year, The People’s Daily estimates. The TEB could prove to be an excellent transit choice and, should it reach fruition, would make Pac-Man really proud.

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Inside Hyperloop News

Will the trial derail Hyperloop One?

Coming in hot into the 2nd episode to this “What’s Happening with the Loop?” series with a news update on Hyperloop One’s legal situation. A few facts are essential to know moving forward.
The defendants include three of the co-founders for this corporation – Shervin Pishevar, Joe Lonsdale, Robert Lloyd –  who are all distinguished figures with considerable backing in the tech industry. On the other side of the court sits the co-founder and former CTO for the same company, Kevin Brogan (A.K.A. Brogan BamBrogan), now alleging the defendants’ breaches of fiduciary duty and mistreatment of employees and more.
As reported by Recode, in a letter  sent via e-mail to the CEO’s, a group of senior employees detailing:

“…the disproportionate influence that the current ownership structure provides to [Shervin and Joe], especially in light of how they have used that influence, represents a threat to the success of this great company. We feel compelled to act in an effort to protect the best interests of the team, the company and the shareholders.”

According to the case files, BamBrogan seeks just compensation for those who are the brains behind the project in accordance with the current allowance for the VC’s of Hyperloop One. BamBrogan often is depicted as being quite the character, so I suggest you keep posted as the drama ensues into an original telenovela series featured within the tech industry network… 
However, Hyperloop One, evidently unfazed by these allegations, recently claimed the “world’s first Hyperloop factory is open for business” as a sign of a promising future.

“Having a world-class machine shop allows us to move more of our production and manufacturing R&D in-house so we can learn at maximum speed how to drive down the cost of delivering Hyperloop One technology.”

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Source: Hyperloop One

Located in the uninhabited northern part of Nevada, Hyperloop One Metalworks may appear to be an ordinary plant-structure from distance but a closer look will testament the flowering of what may be our future mode of transportation. The benefits of an in-house production site, specifically crucial for this project, include increased flexibility, freedom, and quality customization.

Hyperloop One project should create an influx of manufacturing jobs and more so that these employees have an experience of 21st century innovation first-hand. For example, take a look at this video showing off some of the cool technology operating within the factory on a daily basis.  
Already by the second week of this blogpost series, we delve into the fantasy world of the Hyperloop concept and say: it’s so crazy it just might work

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Inside Hyperloop News

What's Happening with the Loop?

If you landed at this blog post, chances are you already know (and are following) the Hyperloop project. However, in the case that you have been detached from recent news sources, or generally M.I.A, following is a brief overview of what is happening in the world at the moment, and more specifically, the developing of the next generation of transportation.
What is Hyperloop? Essentially, this is a futuristic train with the aim of supplying us with a more efficient means of transport to get from point A to point B in a sustainably self-powering fashion. The pains solved through this proposal would be high-density traffic, unsafe public transport conditions, and high environmental impact among others.
So, who is the man behind the plan? Forward-thinking entrepreneur, Elon Musk envisioned Hyperloop as the next mode of transport – and for a good cause. However, like any other innovative idea in the process of heading to the market, the Hyperloop concept faces obstacles. And in order to anticipate customer needs and accelerate this process, Musk delegates different groups as a means of collaboration and crowdsourcing. One example of such company is known as Hyperloop One (not to be confused with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies).

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Image source: Hyperloop One

Earlier this year on the 15th of May, Hyperloop One opened a Global Challenge to the public (on the left, you may see a picture representing the current engagement around the world). Looking forward to the Global Challenge’s timeline, you may see that on the first day of next year 12 finalists will be chosen and exactly two months after, the judges finally select the three winners who will play a part in the concept’s implementation into local communities.

However, according to most recent news, this United States company now faces a potential threat. One of the co-founders of Hyperloop One by the name of Brogan BamBrogan filed a lawsuit against the corporation, posing as a critical test as to the direction of their near-future.

Meanwhile, another American research company known as HTT (Hyperloop Transportation Technologies), continues to move forward in making Musk’s vision a reality through the use of crowdsourcing amongst the research community. In an interview with Dirk Ahlborn (CEO of HTT), he explains the motivations behind creating such a public-oriented competition:

“We are trying to work with the public completely in an open way, asking people to come up with ideas on how we can reduce the ticket price and to come up with a business model. We want to show how the interior of the capsule is going to look like and how it’s going to feel… We are a crowd-powered company”

With such an open-minded perspective along with an in-depth support based on community, the HTT initiative welcomes new innovative minds while at the same time exerts less in-house energy. On a more macroscopic note, the project is looking for support from national governments such as the developing nation of Slovakia to experiment with their prototype. HTT has already reached an agreement with Austria and Slovakia to build a Hyperloop between their capitals Vienna and Bratislava.

“Considering that we are such a small country, we have been able to come up with quite a few innovative products,” Deputy Economy Minister Rastislav Chovanec said in a phone interview. “The government wants the country to move in this direction.”

The collaboration between local and national level channels, exchanging resources and funding, seems like a promising approach for Elon Musk and Co. to bring their fancy service to life. Let us see how the story unfolds in the coming weeks…

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Widespread adoption of semi-autonomous cars shows significant societal and economic benefits

Original news release was issued by the Carnegie Mellon University, College of Engineering.

Autonomous and semi-autonomous cars are rapidly entering the mainstream, but safety concerns make many people reluctant to adopt. CMU researchers have done the math, and the results are making a strong point in the favor of partially automated vehicle technologies, arguing to save money and lives.

Researchers from the College of Engineering have created a fictitious scenario, in which every car is equipped with with automated technologies, such as forward collision warning, lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring systems. These technologies can include partially autonomous braking or controls to help vehicles avoid crashes. Addressing these concerns is especially important now that public debate was reignited by the recent crash of a Tesla car on autopilot.

“While there is much discussion about driverless vehicles, we have demonstrated that even with partial automation there are financial and safety benefits,” says Chris T. Hendrickson, director of the Carnegie Mellon Traffic21 Institute.

Hendrickson and Constantine Samaras, professors of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Corey Harper, a Ph.D. student at the college, analyzed the benefits and costs of deploying crash-avoidance technologies in the U.S. light-duty vehicle fleet. Collectively, these technologies could prevent or reduce the severity of up 1.3 million crashes a year, including 10,100 fatal wrecks.
To learn if it is economically advantageous to speed up deployment of these technologies, the researchers analyzed government and insurance industry data and created two estimates of benefits. To determine the annual costs of crashes, in one scenario, the researchers assumed all relevant crashes were avoided, while in the second scenario they evaluated the impact of the three safety technologies on the quantity and severity of wrecks. Then, taking into account the prices auto manufacturers charged for these technologies in 2015, the researchers deduced how much it would cost to equip each car with the safety features and annualized that amount over the lifetime of the vehicle.
When the team compared the price of equipping cars with safety technology to the expected annual reduction in the costs of crashes, they discovered a net benefit in both scenarios. In the perfect-world scenario in which all relevant crashes are avoided with these technologies, there is an annual benefit of $202 billion or $861 per car. On the more conservative side, when only observed crash reductions in vehicles equipped with blind spot monitoring, lane departure and forward collision crash avoidance systems are considered, there is still an annual positive net benefit of $4 billion dollars or $20 a vehicle. Although $20 per vehicle is small, the researchers believe that future improvements in technology and lower prices could lead to larger net benefits over time.
“If you bought a car right now with these safety systems at the current prices offered by auto manufacturers, both you and society would have a positive economic benefit. We are seeing that partial automation is accomplishing crash and crash severity reductions, and we expect that to improve. This study creates a framework for regulatory action encouraging early deployment of partial automation technologies,” says Hendrickson.

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Newly discovered optimal arch could make bridges indestructible

Original news release was issued by the University of Warwick, written by Luke Walton.

We have been inspired by nature for centuries in a thousand different ways, but one area that benefits from looking at nature more than most others is engineering and structural design. Form-finding – a more structured approach to bio-inspired construction – is now breeding the new generation of indestructible bridges.

The goal of form-finding is fairly simple to define – it is to identify the geometry that enables the optimum force flow within the structure. Conversely, the goal of that geometry is to design and build rigid structures that follow a strong natural form, with no bending stresses, which are the main points of weakness in other structures. Considering how many of us now live in the cities, and where the current population trend will lead us, future-proof planning and safe, durable construction are crucial if we want to create sustainable and efficient urban environments.
Moving the research in this area forward, Professor Wanda Lewis in the School of Engineering at the University of Warwick has discovered an optimal, moment-less arch that can be used to support bridges that can take any combination of permanent loading without generating complex stresses.

“Nature’s design principles cannot be matched by conventional engineering design,” Prof. Lewis argues.

For 25 years Professor Lewis has been studying forms and shapes in nature: the outlines of a tree or a leaf, the curve of a shell, the way a film of soap can suspend itself between chosen boundaries. In all of these natural objects, Professor Lewis observed that they develop simple stress patterns, which help them to withstand forces applied to them (such as wind hitting a tree) with ease.
Professor Lewis has been developing mathematical models that implement nature’s design principles and produce simple stress patterns in structures. The principles behind her mathematical models are illustrated using physical form-finding experiments involving pieces of fabric or chains, for example.
A piece of fabric is suspended, and allowed to relax into its natural, gravitational, minimum energy shape; then that shape is frozen into a rigid object and inverted. She finds the coordinates of this shape through computation by simulating the gravitational forces applied to the structure. This produces a shape (a natural form) that can withstand the load with ease.
While classical architectural designs are appealing to the eye, they aren’t necessarily structurally sound: “aesthetics is an important aspect of any design, and we have been programmed to view some shapes, such as circular arches or spherical domes as aesthetic. We often build them regardless of the fact that they generate complex stresses, and are, therefore, structurally inefficient,” says Professor Lewis.
The question of how to build the optimal arch has been argued through history. In the seventeenth century, Robert Hook demonstrated to the Royal Society that the ideal shape of a bridge arch is that resembling the line of an upside down chain line – the catenary form. The only other form proposed by classical theory is the inverted parabola. Each of these shapes can only take a specific type of load without developing complex stresses, which are points of weakness. Professor Lewis’ pioneering ‘form-finding’ process fills the gap in classical theory, offering a new mathematical solution in the pursuit of the optimal arch subjected to general loading.

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As facial recognition aims for the mainstream – just how reliable is it?

Original press release was issued by University of Washington, written by Jennifer Langston.
In the last few years, several groups have announced that their facial recognition systems have achieved near-perfect accuracy rates, performing better than humans at picking the same face out of the crowd.
But those tests were performed on a dataset with only 13,000 images — fewer people than attend an average professional U.S. soccer game. What happens to their performance as those crowds grow to the size of a major U.S. city?
University of Washington researchers answered that question with the MegaFace Challenge, the world’s first competition aimed at evaluating and improving the performance of face recognition algorithms at the million person scale. All of the algorithms suffered in accuracy when confronted with more distractions, but some fared much better than others.

“We need to test facial recognition on a planetary scale to enable practical applications — testing on a larger scale lets you discover the flaws and successes of recognition algorithms,” said Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman, a UW assistant professor of computer science and the project’s principal investigator. “We can’t just test it on a very small scale and say it works perfectly.”

The UW team first developed a dataset with one million Flickr images from around the world that are publicly available under a Creative Commons license, representing 690,572 unique individuals. Then they challenged facial recognition teams to download the database and see how their algorithms performed when they had to distinguish between a million possible matches.
Google’s FaceNet showed the strongest performance on one test, dropping from near-perfect accuracy when confronted with a smaller number of images to 75 percent on the million person test. A team from Russia’s N-TechLab came out on top on another test set, dropping to 73 percent.
By contrast, the accuracy rates of other algorithms that had performed well — above 95 percent — at a small scale dropped by much larger percentages to as low as 33 percent accuracy when confronted with the harder task.
The MegaFace challenge tested the algorithms on verification, or how well they could correctly identify whether two photos were of the same person. That’s how an iPhone security feature, for instance, could recognize your face and decide whether to unlock your phone instead of asking you to type in a password.
“What happens if you lose your phone in a train station in Amsterdam and someone tries to steal it?” said Kemelmacher-Shlizerman, who co-leads the UW Graphics and Imaging Laboratory (GRAIL.) “I’d want certainty that my phone to can correctly identify me out of a million people — or 7 billion — not just 10,000 or so.”
They also tested the algorithms on identification, or how accurately they could find a match to the photo of a single individual to a different photo of the same person buried among a million “distractors.” That’s what happens, for instance, when law enforcement have a single photograph of a criminal suspect and are combing through images taken on a subway platform or airport to see if the person is trying to escape.
“You can see where the hard problems are — recognizing people across different ages is an unsolved problem. So is identifying people from their doppelgängers and matching people who are in varying poses like side views to frontal views,” said Kemelmacher-Shlizerman. The paper also analyses age and pose invariance in face recognition when evaluated at scale.
In general, algorithms that “learned” how to find correct matches out of larger image datasets outperformed those that only had access to smaller training datasets. But the SIAT MMLab algorithm developed by a research team from China, which learned on a smaller number of images, bucked that trend by outperforming many others.
The MegaFace challenge is ongoing and still accepting results.
The team’s next steps include assembling a half a million identities — each with a number of photographs — for a dataset that will be used to train facial recognition algorithms. This will help level the playing field and test which algorithms outperform others given the same amount of large scale training data, as most researchers don’t have access to image collections as large as Google’s or Facebook’s. The training set will be released towards the end of the summer.
“State-of-the-art deep neural network algorithms have millions of parameters to learn and require a plethora of examples to accurately tune them,” said Aaron Nech, a UW computer science and engineering master’s student working on the training dataset. “Unlike people, these models are initially a blank slate. Having diversity in the data, such as the intricate identity cues found across more than 500,000 unique individuals, can increase algorithm performance by providing examples of situations not yet seen.”

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Vienna-Bratislava Hyperloop will be protected by the no longer fictional Vibranium

Original press release was published at PR Newswire.

There is no shortage of research teams and start-ups that are heavily involved in Hyperloop, the concept of engineer and business magnate Elon Musk. The project is set on connecting Bratislava and Vienna via a tube, transporting passengers on the 70km track in eight minutes. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc. (HTT) is one of the companies that is developing on Musk’s concept and they have just made a compelling announcement. They will be coating their passenger capsule in a newly developed advanced smart material going by the highly inspired name – Vibranium.

Image source: Tomas Nejedly/TREND
Image source: Tomas Nejedly/TREND

Made of sensor-embedded carbon fiber, this new smart material is eight times stronger than aluminum and 10 times stronger than steel alternatives, and transmits critical information regarding temperature, stability, integrity and more, wirelessly and instantly. It is also much lighter in weight—roughly five times less than steel and 1.5 times less than aluminum—reducing energy output required to propel the capsule.

Vibranium was developed by HTT’s Slovak collaborator C2i, a company that intelligently engineers carbon-fiber structures for next-generation cars and aircrafts. “With HTT and other Slovakian scientists we helped develop Vibranium, a new smart material, which is the perfect solution to build a safe system,” said C2i founder Patrick Hesel.

“Safety is one of the most important aspects of our system,” said Dirk Ahlborn CEO of Jumpstartfund and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc. “We are 10 times safer than an airplane. Our collaboration with Slovakia and their technical skills in new materials, automotive and production processes have made this technology possible.”

Two more Slovak companies are involved  in building the Hyperloop connection between Slovakia’s Bratislava and Austria’s Vienna according to TRENDRVmagnetics have equipped Vibranium with tens of thousands of sensors that will monitor the internal structure of the material, while TÜV SÜD  will provide HTT with inspection and certification services.

D. Ahlborn and HTT’s COO Bibop Gresta have also announced that they the will soon begin the construction of an 8km Hyperloop prototype in California’s Quay Valley, and are now only waiting for the building permit.

Everything Hyperloop sounds like science fiction, and this proposed fifth mode of transportation is most likely still more than a few years away, but it is clear as day that more and more engineers and investors are committing to make it a reality. At the very least, Slovakia has been put on the map as the real world Wakanda.

A couple of you understood that reference.