Crazy-fast Hyperloop testing carried out in Las Vegas
A five-second open-air test of the new high-speed transportation system rocked the desert today near Las Vegas Nevada.
The test had a motorized sled down a half-mile track at nearly 700 miles an hour.
Hyperloop One who conducted the test is one of two private companies racing to make Tesla's CEO Elon Musk's dream a reality.
The Hyperloop is a "energy elegant carbon free mode of transportation" that can move people and cargo using electric propulsion.
This pod can be pushed to nearly the speed of sound.
And the people working on the technology estimate that a six-hour drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles can be shortened to about 30 minutes.
Hyperloop One hopes to make the technology ready and safe for humans by 2021.
In the meantime its competitor, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, It's expected to begin construction of a full-scale track across a five-mile section of California's Central Valley in the near future.
The company will use passive magnetic levitation technology as a propulsion system.
Today's testing in Las Vegas is a proof of concept exercise that is taking these long-awaited concepts into the real world, and bringing us one step closer to a crazy fast way of traveling.
I mean SF to LA in 30 minutes sounds really awesome.
Considering that once you get there you'll be spending the next 2 hours sitting in LA traffic.
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