Transport capsule Hyperloop: Lufthansa apparently interested in the project of Tesla CEO Musk

Tesla founder Elon Musk is known for several spectacular projects. Lufthansa will now be interested in its futuristic transport system Hyperloop.

Lufthansa is allegedly interested in the so-called hyperloop technology, a futuristic project by Tesla founder Elon Musk. This is reported by the "Bild am Sonntag" (BamS). At the moment, various companies are working on transport caps for passengers, which are to be driven through the use of vacuum tubes in the near future. Among them is Californian Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), with which the Lufthansa Innovation Hub is apparently working together in Berlin. "Hyperloop is an important development, which we look closely at," said a Lufthansa spokeswoman of the "BamS". "We're talking about the subject with people."

According to the newspaper, Lufthansa also calculated on which routes the Hyperloop would be a substitute for conventional flight connections. The Innovation Hub has identified four routes as potentially interesting: Berlin-Munich, Berlin-Cologne, Düsseldorf-Munich and Hamburg-Munich. The technology is not yet ready for the market, HTT has just released the first capsule to be tested on an original scale. Critics consider the concept of utopia.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk: Lufthansa is obviously interested in its transport system Hyperloop. (Photo:

"Dobrindt was very interested, unfortunately it has never been reported again"

HTT chief Dirk Ahlborn criticizes the "passivity" of the German policy in the "BamS". "The technology is not our problem, money is not our problem. Our problem is that regulation does not keep pace with innovation," he said. Federal Minister of Transport Alexander Dobrindt (CSU) visited the company last year. "Dobrindt was very interested, unfortunately he never reported again," says Aalborn.
Dobrindt also commented against the newspaper: "I visited Hyperloop Transportation Technologies in Los Angeles, who show with visionary ideas what all the potential for innovation can be in the project. Deutsche Bahn has recognized this and works in Bavaria together with Hyperloop Train of the future. " In the case of the train, however, it is only a technique for displays in train windows, not the hyperloop drive itself. (Os)