The movement of people and goods by vehicle, ship, and airplane continues to contribute to rising congestion and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions around the world. Limited options for intercity travel are restricting economic growth and regional mobility. High speed ground transport (HSGT) technologies such as high speed rail (HSR), magnetic levitation (maglev) trains, and hyperloops can link cities into economic megaregions while simultaneously helping to transform the transportation system to become more sustainable.
The proliferation of HSR has provided an economic boost and reduced short-haul air traffic across much of Europe and several countries in Asia Pacific, such as Japan and China. Maglev trains and hyperloops could extend these trends much further. However, maglev costs will need to be significantly reduced, and hyperloops will have to overcome a myriad of technological, safety, regulatory, and business model challenges to become a viable mass transport technology.
This Navigant Research report examines the evolving landscape of HSGT technologies and their viability for mainstream adoption. The study provides an overview of recent deployments and examines the impact of HSGT technologies on various industries (e.g., aviation, oil & gas, etc.). The report discusses future growth potential and examines the benefits that result from successful HSGT implementation. Recommendations are provided to cities and technology vendors to capitalize on the growth of HSGT technologies.
Key Questions Addressed:
- What is the current state of HSGT technologies, and what are their relative strengths and weaknesses?
- How do HSGT technologies differ in terms of their market penetration and long-term potential?
- What will the impacts of HSGT be on the broader transportation ecosystem and related industries?
- What should HSR vendors do to protect against potential future losses to hyperloops and maglev trains?
- What should airlines and oil companies do to offset their losses from HSGT?
- How can hyperloop vendors be most successful?
- How should governments support the development of HSGT?
Who Needs This Report:
- City and regional transportation managers
- Hyperloop and maglev suppliers
- Communication equipment and infrastructure providers
- Engineering service providers and IT players
Table of Contents
- High Speed Ground Transport Definitions
- High Speed Ground Transport Technologies Are Evolving to Create Faster and More Sustainable Regional Mobility Systems
- High Speed Rail Is Emerging as a Major Mode of High Tech Transport
- Maglev Trains Have Struggled to Achieve Mainstream Adoption
- Hyperloop Industry Nearing First Commercial Deployments
- HSGT Technologies Differ Significantly in Market Penetration and Long-Term Potential
- HSR Lines Will Continue Expansive Deployments
- Maglev Trains Will Likely Remain a Niche Technology
- Hyperloops Hold Significant Potential, but Major Hurdles Remain to Commercial Viability
- HSGT Technologies Are Creating Megaregions of Economic Opportunity
- HSGT Will Continue to Decrease Short-Haul Air Traffic and Vehicle Miles Traveled, Reducing Oil Consumption
- The Sustainability of Transport Systems Will Be Improved and Accelerated through HSGT
What Does Navigant Research Recommend?
- HSR Vendors Increase the Speed Capabilities of Trains, Use Higher Levels of Automation, Invest in Hyperloop Industry
- Hyperloop Vendors Demonstrate Safety, Security, Economic Viability-Focus on Shipping Goods Initially
- Airlines Reduce User Friction Points, Partner with HSGT Providers, and Electrify or Develop Cleaner Fuels to Protect Market Share
- Oil Companies Should Pursue New Business Opportunities to Offset Losses from HSGT
- Governments Support the Widespread Adoption of HSGT Technologies and Work to Integrate HSGT with Other Transport Modes