Shervin Pishevar has been one of the leading voices for the development of hyperloop technology. In addition to being one of the most vocal proponents of the many potentially game-changing benefits of this novel form of transport, he has been willing to put his money where his mouth is. Through his venture capital firm, Investment company, Shervin Pishevar has personally invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the creation of Virgin Hyperloop, the first company ever to build a fully functioning and to-scale hyperloop system.
Frictionless investments and frictionless travel
One of Shervin Pishevar’s favorite concepts is the elimination of frictions in capital markets and throughout the economy as a whole. Now, he has extended this concept to its literal conclusion. Pishevar is seeking to create a form of travel that has literally reduced friction to a virtually unmeasurable amount.
This is just one of the things that makes the concept of a hyperloop so exciting. Engineers know that trains are among the least-friction-producing means of transport that currently exist. Aside from low aerodynamic drag, trains produce virtually no friction due to the extreme rigidity of the rails. This is the cause of freight trains being the least expensive form of land transportation. But despite the vastly less friction that trains produce relative to cars and trucks, they still produce a sizable amount of friction.
Hyperloops promise to completely eliminate all friction by creating a sealed vacuum in which a car will levitate at speeds approaching the sound barrier. This could produce a mode of transportation that is considerably faster than jet travel but that will consume only a tiny fraction of the total fuel.
At the same time, Shervin Pishevar says that the system promises to all but completely eliminate the hassles encountered with boarding and deplaning at airports, a process that can take up hours on every trip. A hyperloop will be able to be boarded and deboarded with nearly the same speed and efficiency of a subway. And dedicated routes may eventually enable travel between cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles in a matter of minutes.