The future of travel is slowly becoming more of a reality. Elon Musk’s hyperloop concept has entered a new stage along the path to full scale fruition. Hyperloop One, a company that is not actually affiliated with Musk, revealed that they had successfully completed the first full scale test of hyperloop. At their Nevada track the team watched on as a magnetically levitating test sled fired through a tube in near-vacuum, reaching 70 mph (112 km/h) in just over five seconds.
While this may not sound too impressive, it represents a huge step forward in eventually reaching the goal of 700 mph (1100 km/h) for the system. Achieving that speed would mean major travel times between places like Los Angeles and San Francisco would become a thing of the past, reducing the 6 hour car trip to 35 minutes. The system will be geared towards cargo and human transportation purposes, with Hyperloop One also releasing a XP-1 pod to show off how the train may look in the future. The overall goal is to have a functional route in place by 2020, with the current phase just testing the concept.
All this comes with an announcement from Elon Musk stating that he has a ‘verbal’ approval to build a New York to Washington, D.C. hyperloop route. It definitely looks like the mass transit technology is well on it’s way to becoming a major part of future transport networks