The first real-life Hyperloop could be built in the heart of Russia

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Jun 22, 2016, 4:13 PM EDT

The idea of a Hyperloop public transit system is awesome, but it looks like the U.S. might not be the first country to actually pull one off.

The Verge reports the company Hyperloop One has partnered with the City of Moscow via a memorandum of understanding to explore connecting the city’s transportation grid together via Hyperloop. The deal was reportedly brokered by Russian billionaire Ziyavudin Magomedov, who runs the port and oil focused Summa Group. Magomedov said he believes the tech could eventually create a high-speed cargo conduit between Europe and China, and he wants Russia on the cutting edge.

This marks Hyperloop One’s first agreement with a foreign government, though it's worth noting the other Hyperloop company, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), signed a similar agreement with Slovakia last year. So, yeah, the race is on.

If you’re unfamiliar: Hyperloop tech proposes pods that move in near-airless tubes at speeds of up to 760 mph. No one has managed to actually do it yet, but that’s what all these agreement and development deals are for. It’s amazing to think how far this concept has come since Elon Musk pitched it with a public white paper, which he released as a challenge to anyone with the guts and know-how to build it.

Here’s hoping we’ll all be zipping across the continents in the next decade or so.


(Via The Verge)