When Tesla founder Elon Musk described the Hyperloop, a mode of transport in which passengers ride inside a tube at almost 800 miles per hour, it was thought by many people to be an impossible dream. However, the Hyperloop is inching closely towards reality.
Hyperloop test track to begin construction
In the next few weeks, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has said it will begin to build a five-mile long test facility that will be able to move 10 million people even during the trial phase. The track is expected to take more than 2.5 years to complete however.
At first, the Hyperloop won’t be ran at full speed with passengers riding, but the company says it will send empty capsules for a full test. Passenger tests will however be limited to around 160 miles per hour, which is admittedly an impressive feat considering the technological hurdles that must be overcome.
The test track will be constructed in California at a cost of $150 million. Elon Musk is also to build a test track for other companies that wish to assess “pod” designs for the Hyperloop.
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