Virgin Hyperloop One confirmed as ready for safety assessment
Posted: 27 November 2019 | Intelligent Transport
Independent safety assessor, Certifier, has validated the readiness of Virgin Hyperloop One’s technology and organisation to be assessed in terms of safety.
Independent safety assessor, Certifer, has confirmed that Virgin Hyperloop One (VHO) is considered as ready for independent third-party safety assessment. Certifer has reportedly followed VHO’s progress with the R&D, prototyping and testing stages, and has performed a complete review of their solution design status.
Certifer’s CEO, Pierre Kadziola, said: ”Partnering with VHO is a big milestone in Certifer’s history and aligns with our mission to support clients exploring innovative solutions to set the future foundations of intelligent, reliable and safe transportation modes that will improve user experience. We are confident Virgin Hyperloop One can deliver on this technical challenge with a high level of safety.”
Virgin Hyperloop One’s CEO, Jay Walder, added: “Embedding safety into every level of our company is paramount. We are ready to take this next step and have an independent party like Certifer evaluate our processes and ensure we are building a safe mass transportation system passenger can ride in years, not decades.”
As a result, Certifer will serve as an independent assessor to ensure VHO is in compliance with relevant transportation guidelines. Certifer will support VHO with railway disciplines and subdisciplines as well as from several different domains such as system safety, hardware development, software development, civil and mechanical works, guideways, control command and signalling, and magnetic propulsion.
Certifer is assessing whether the Engineering Safety Management Plan developed by VHO is considered adequate to achieve the stated goals, and that the identified list of standards and regulations referred to by VHO for this programme is sound from the safety viewpoint. In this framework, Certifer is considering the whole transport system, including pods (vehicles), civil and guideway structures, vacuum and guideway mechanisms, docks, controls and communication, maintenance and systems.