If you’ve never heard of hyperloop, it’s a vision of super-fast transport, created by Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
Californian-based company Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is building Europe’s first ever hyperloop track in France, bringing the futuristic technology one step closer.
Musk’s idea is that magnets and fans will be used to shoot capsules floating on air through a tube at 760mph. Using the technology the 390-mile trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco could take only 30 minutes.
A revolution in transportation has begun in Europe, as construction starts on the continent’s first Hyperloop track.
The experimental facility will help its US backers develop its own version of Elon Musk’s high speed system.
Hyperloop promises to propel passengers through near-vacuum tubes in small pods, travelling at speeds of up to 670mph (1,000kph). The technology, which uses super-powered magnets to levitate carrier pods, could cut the time taken to travel between major cities by several hours. The second phase promises to be a full-scale system of 1km, elevated by pylons at a height of 5.8m. The completion date for this is 2019.
HyperloopTT’s CEO Dirk Ahloborn said: “Five years ago we set out to solve transportation’s most pressing problems; efficiency, comfort and speed. Today we take an important step forward to begin to achieve the goal.
“Hyperloop is more than just displays of rapid acceleration and more than just breaking speed records. The real opportunity is to create an efficient and safe system with an unparalleled passenger experience.”
and in 45 minutes serve to increase the hype, it hasn’t really been proven yet.
The fastest speed a hyperloop system has achieved so far is 240mph, a far cry from the 760mph promised by Musk.
Futuristic hotel will transport you between cities in a luxury suite. This was achieved by Virgin Hyperloop One, another company in the hyperloop race that was acquired last year by Richard Branson, along with a new $50 million investment.
In addition, Virgin Hyperloop One says it is going to have a full-size passenger-ready hyperloop in operation by 2021 but its first test didn’t even take place until August 2017, nine months after it pledged it would.
HyperloopTT’s new test track brings the technology a step closer in Europe.