Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for railroads. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 4 promising High-Speed Rail Solutions.
Heat Map: 3 Top High-Speed Rail Solutions
For our 3 top picks, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 3 interesting examples out of 36 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
Ameri-Metro – High-Speed Rail & Equipment
The most obvious benefit of developing high-speed rail capabilities is to connect more cities in a much smaller amount of time. Whether it is passengers or freight, faster connectivity is sure to spur growth along the route of these trains. Such growth should result in increased economic benefits for a greater number of people. Those who fear catastrophic accidents need only to check out the Shinkansen high-speed trains in Japan, which have been in operation for over 50 years without a single accident.
US-based Ameri-Metro was established in 2010 with the aim of developing high-speed rail for moving passengers and freight across the US. Their initial focus on rail freight includes improving capabilities and capacities in ports and setting up a national distribution network, and eventually expand these service hubs across the country – all with high-speed rail.
HS2 – Population Decongestion
In China, where high-speed rail is being rapidly installed, big centers like Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou have all seen a greater number of people regularly traveling to and from these hubs, from as far as 600km. This has reduced traffic and population congestion in these big cities while making the air just a little bit more breathable.
British company High Speed 2 was established in 2009 to create the UK’s arterial high-speed rail network. With tackling overcrowding and reducing the environmental effects of rail transportation as their main aims, HS2 estimates the completion of all the phases, covering all regions of the UK, will happen by 2033.
Texas Central – High-Speed Rail Connectivity
The prospect of transporting hundreds of thousands of people at more than 200km per hour across significant distances is one of the main reasons for developing this technology. Compared to highways, which can accommodate at most 5.000 people traveling for several hours, there is little convincing that is required. However, acquiring land and laying new, upgraded tracks that can move such trains will remain a challenge.
Based in the US, Texas Central was established in 2014 with the intention of developing high-speed rail networks for the state. The Texan ‘super-commuters’ – those who travel everyday between Houston, Dallas and Austin could see their travel time significantly reduced with the running of the high-speed rail network. The train will take passengers from North Texas to Houston (around 450km) in 90 minutes.
What About The Other 33 High-Speed Rail Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 3 solutions showcased above are promising examples out of 36 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.