Hyperloop One Completes First Successful Test (Video)
Hyperloop One, a company which one day hopes to transport people around the globe in vacuum tubes using futuristic pods at near supersonic speeds, revealed it has completed its first successful systems test.
The Hyperloop pod didn’t achieve anything like the 750mph its inventors one day hope to reach, however. It clocked a mere 70mph on May 12 at the company’s Nevada desert test facility. Importantly for the company, though, the systems didn’t fail, so it’s a step in the right direction.
The pod uses electromagnetic propulsion and magnetic levitation (mag-lev) technology which it one day hopes will to propel people from Los Angeles to San Diego in less than 13 minutes.
All potential routes will be assessed by an international panel of judges to determine the first Hyperloop routes on Earth.