- 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?
High Speed Ground Transport Technologies Are Transforming Regional Mobility
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.
- Government agencies
- City and regional transportation managers
- Hyperloop and maglev suppliers
- HSR companies
- Airline companies
- Communication equipment and infrastructure providers
- Engineering service providers and IT players
- Investor community
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
- Length of HSR Lines in Operation and Under Construction, Leading Countries (Maximum Speed Ranges from 186 mph to 217 mph)
- Lo Series Maglev Train, Japan
- Japan’s Chuo Shinkansen Maglev Route: Tokyo-Nagoya-Osaka
- Length of Maglev Lines in Operation, All Speeds: 2019-2029
- Hyperloop Length of Track, Base and Aggressive Scenarios, World Markets: 2020-2030
- HSGT Technology Definitions
HSGT Technology Strengths and Weaknesses