The Hyperloop challenge was started by SpaceX with the goal to revolutionize terrestrial transportation. Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX first introduced the idea in 2013: a high-speed train that travels in a near-vacuum tube, thus addressing and eliminating the two key factors that slow conventional vehicles down, friction and air resistance. The reduced air resistance allows the capsule inside the tube to reach speeds of more than 1000 km/h.
The TUM Hyperloop team has won the challenge this summer for the fourth time, using Speedgoat hardware and MATLAB and Simulink® software. The Speedgoat systems played a key role in testing the pods electronics as well as the software on the ECU under different scenarios. The Speedgoat Baseline real-time target machine was used to simulate sensors such as photoelectric sensors by using digital output for measuring the attitude of the pod, hall switch sensors by generating a PWM signal with varying period for measuring the velocity and pressure sensors by using a +10V analog output which maps directly to the pressure in the brake chambers.
Field report Hyperloop Pod Competition: Insights into the development process of the winning pod from Toni Jukic, team leader TUM Hyperloop