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Traveling in a levitated pod hurtling through a low-pressure tube at speeds in excess of 700mph. That’s the rapid direction of travel hyperloop technology is taking us on.

“Hyperloop is a tube-based transportation system for inter and intra-city transport. With a drastic reduction of air in the tube, motion is achieved with nearly zero friction allowing passengers to safely accelerate to airplane speeds,” Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) – one of the company’s advancing a concept first proposed by Elon Musk – explains.

And the American company is working with national governments to progress its technology.

In January HTT announced the signing of an agreement with the city of Toulouse, France to open a facility for the development and testing of Hyperloop-related technologies. As part of this agreement the city, known worldwide as Aerospace Valley is providing a 3,000 square meter (37,674 sq. ft.) facility along with outdoor terrain. This announcement comes shortly after HTT’s announcement of surpassing $100 million in in-kind and equity investment.

“Our new center in Toulouse will help us continue to develop and manufacture important aerospace technology which will further improve the system,” said HTT CEO Dirk Ahlborn. “The talent pool in the region allows us to hire some of the brightest minds in aerospace.”

Jean-Luc Moudenc, Mayor of Toulouse and President of Toulouse Métropole said: “Hyperloop Transportation Technologies represents the cutting edge of transportation. This new collaborative corporation is already having a big impact on Europe and the rest of the world. We look forward to the exciting advancements that HTT will develop here.”

The announcement marks the fourth development deal HTT has struck directly with a government, having already agreed collaborations with the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Abu Dhabi.

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