The dream of travelling from London to Edinburgh has taken a step closer after Hyperloop One successfully tested a passenger pod travelling at 192mph.
Dreamt up by SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk, Hyperloop is the vacuum tube technology that could revolutionise transportation.
Now the US-based Hyperloop One company has sent its first pod zooming along a 500-metre test track in the Nevada desert.
Eventually the company hopes to hit speeds of over 700mph, capable of transporting passengers from LA to San Francisco in 30 minutes or London to Edinburgh in 50 minutes.
By creating a vacuum, the team are able to limit air resistance and shoot the levitating pod along a magnetized track.
Made of structural aluminum and a lightweight carbon fiber, the pod measures 28 feet long. Using electromagnetic propulsion and magnetic levitation, the Pod will transport passengers and cargo inside the tube.
“By achieving full vacuum, we essentially invented our own sky in a tube, as if you’re flying at 200,000 feet in the air,” Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and executive chairman of Hyperloop One.
“For the first time in over 100 years, a new mode of transportation has been introduced. Hyperloop is real, and it’s here now.”
The next part of the process for the company is loading the pods with weight without losing air pressure and still increasing speed.
First proposed by billionaire entrepreneur and SpaceX boss Elon Musk in 2012, the Hyperloop transport system is based around the concept of propelling pod-like vehicles through reduced-pressure tubes.