Super-fast Hyperloop transit system to begin real-life testing in 2016

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Dec 8, 2015, 6:45 PM EST

We’ve been hearing about the potential for Hyperloop transit for a few years now, but a working prototype is finally set to start legitimate testing. It’s going to be a fun 2016.

The tech start-up Hyperloop Technologies has announced that its prototype Hyperloop track is on target for testing runs in 2016. The company plans to build a test track for the high-speed transport system at a 50-acre facility in Nevada. The company says the tests will push the Hyperloop vehicle to speeds of up to 335 mph on a .62 (1 km) track.

Looking ahead, the company hopes to build a full-scale prototype by late 2016 or early 2017. If you’re unfamiliar, Hyperloop technology essentially works by incorporating reduced-pressure tubes with pressurized capsules (for people, freight, etc.) that ride on an air cushion driven by linear induction motors and air compressors. That low level of resistance means it can go very fast with minimal effort.

We’re still a long way from heading to the downtown Hyperloop station for a cross-country ride, but the potential benefits of this technology are immense. If stations and tracks were established nationwide, one could conceivably travel from New York to Detroit, or from Dallas to Atlanta, in just over an hour.


(Via Popular Science)