The sound of Hyperloop is "the sound of the future", said Shervin Pishevar, executive chairman and co-founder of Hyperloop One. This time around, the startup has successfully tested its XP-1 passenger pod, reaching speeds of up to 192 miles per hour and levitating off the track as it accelerated.
In a statement, Hyperloop One said the pod "accelerated for 300 metres and glided above the track using magnetic levitation before braking and coming to a stop". The recent test by Hyperloop One is still quite a bit slower than that, but it's still impressive, WIRED notes. Back in May, the company conducted an initial demo that saw the pod reach 111km/h on a 100m-long stretch of track. That speed puts Hyperloop One's system a little bit ahead of Category 1 high-speed rail, which has a maximum running speed of 155mph, although it's not yet faster than Japan's bullet train.
The magnetically levitating prototype reached 308kmh in a second successful test on 29 July, Hyperloop One said.
Technology has changed radically since the last new major mode of transportation.
Los Angeles-based company Hyperloop One is working on what it hopes will be the world's first operational Hyperloop system, and is now conducting trials in the Nevada desert. While he isn't directly involved in Hyperloop One, his newest venture - The Boring Company - similarly aims to build a transport network around a vast sprawl of subterranean tunnels. In more digestible terms, this means a trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco in roughly 30 minutes (a statistic the company says is possible) is that much closer to actually happening.
By reducing air pressure inside the tube to practically nothing and using maglev to reduce friction, the pod was able to hit near 200mph in five seconds. For example, Daryl Oster, CEO of tube transport company ET3, said that he envisions the technology enabling travel from "Cincinnati to the Taj Mahal in under three hours for 50 bucks".
Hyperloop One in June nominated nine potential links in Europe drawn from its global challenge, including in Germany, Estonia-Finland, Spain-Morocco, Corsica-Sardinia, The Netherlands, Poland, UK Scotland-Wales, UK Northern Arc and UK North-South Connector.