The hyperloop transportation system – where people will travel in a levitated pod at speeds of 700mph – took another step to becoming reality this week.
An announcement by the Hyperloop One team confirmed it had successfully trialled its vehicle at the company’s DevLoop track in the Nevada desert. This first phase took place – in private – in May. Around 2Gs of acceleration was achieved while the target speed of 70mph was met. That target will rise to 250mph in the second phase of testing.
“Hyperloop One has accomplished what no one has done before by successfully testing the first full scale Hyperloop system. By achieving full vacuum, we essentially invented our own sky in a tube, as if you’re flying at 200,000 feet in the air,” explained Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and Executive Chairman of Hyperloop One. “For the first time in over 100 years, a new mode of transportation has been introduced. Hyperloop is real, and it’s here now.”
The company also unveiled its first prototype of its pod – designed to operate in the system.
“Hyperloop One will move people and things faster than at any other time in the world. With Hyperloop One, the world will be cleaner, safer and faster. It’s going to make the world a lot more efficient and will impact the ways our cities work, where we live and where we work. We’ll be able to move between cities as if cities themselves are metro stops,” added Pishevar.