The future of long distance travel is being developed in the Nevada desert. This week, the company Hyperloop One successfully tested a propulsion system that could one day power passenger pods during trips. Billionaire Elon Musk’s longterm vision is that the pods will be able to levitate inside of a high-tech tube at more than 700 MPH, and the latest test shows that it may be possible. The Hyperloop One team was able to accelerate a sled to 100 MPH in four seconds.
Though there are still a lot more tests that need to be done before any sort of Hyperloop is close to functional for actual passengers, CEO Rob Lloyd remains optimistic. In a statement, he said, “We can assure you that we’re the one company that’s ahead of all the others in executing on this vision.” It’s a vision that could revolutionize the way people travel between major cities.
They hope that in the near future, a trip between Los Angeles and San Francisco would take just 30 minutes. And, it does all of this producing zero carbon emissions. The future is now.