Ex-Hyperloop cofounderBamBrogan starts 'Arrivo' – USA TODAY


Hyperloop One demonstrated their proof of concept that may someday transport people and cargo in a vacuum tunnel at nearly the speed of sound.

SAN FRANCISCO — Brogan BamBrogan, cofounder of Hyperloop One who left the company last year under a strange cloud of lawsuits and countersuits, appears ready to get back in the alt-transportation game with his own L.A.-based company.

BamBrogan, who settled with his former employer last fall, has updated his LinkedIn profile with a new title: cofounder of Arrivo, The Arrival Company, which will no doubt pick up where the hyperloop engineer left off. Arrivo officials declined to comment on the new venture.

Hyperloop refers to a transportation system conjured in a 2014 white paper written by SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. It involves pods, which float thanks to magnetic levitation, placed inside vacuum-sealed tubes that can hit speeds of up to 600 mph.

Since Musk threw down the gauntlet, a few companies have raised millions in order to try and commercialize the concept, including Hyperloop One and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies.

Musk is not pursuing a hyperloop company, but SpaceX sponsors a contest to encourage amateur teams to create new technologies for the concept. The finals of one such contest is under way this weekend at SpaceX headquarters in Los Angeles.

BamBrogan’s return to the hyperloop challenge has been anticipated. The engineer, who started Hyperloop One with Uber investor Shervin Pishevar, served as the company’s CTO before abruptly leaving last July, just a few months after the company successfully demonstrated its skeleton pod on a short track outside Las Vegas.

BamBrogan claimed that he was harassed at the company. Hyperloop One countersued that he and three other employees, which it dubbed the Gang of Four, were plotting to steal employees to start a new outfit.

The warring parties settled in November. A few weeks ago, BamBrogan and the other three in the gang, — David Pendergast, William Mulholland and Knut Sauer — all updated their LinkedIn status with the same title: Arrivo cofounder.

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