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Hyperloop One's test route is ready to run

Hyperloop One's test route is ready to run

The concept was first proposed in 2013 by Elon Musk, the founder of the electric vehicle company Tesla and the private spacecraft company SpaceX. The pod quickly lifts above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag.

A private company hopes to move passengers at speeds of 700 miles per hour using a pod and tube system.

The LA-based company has today outlined 11 potential routes for Hyperloop routes in the USA that it says would massively reduce transport and cargo time through the nation's more heavily used passages.

Of the 2,600 submissions in a global challenge from earlier in the year, among the 11 USA finalists is the Miami-to-Orlando route, notes The Verge. Hyperloop One is hoping to sway members of Trump's administration to include the 760 miles per hour transportation system in its plan to give America's infrastructure a face-lift.

The "breakthrough" that he is referencing is the completion of the first Hyperloop full-scale test track and the imminent test that will ensue, which the company has been calling the "Kitty Hawk" moment. The company's chief technology officer BamBrogan abruptly quit and sued Hyperloop One last July, alleging that he was harassed by officials when he brought some internal concerns to light. In January, BamBrogan announced he and his former Hyperloop One colleagues were launching their own company, Arrivo. The company still has to build its first Hyperloop transportation pod.

But today's main announcement is the 11 United States finalists for the hyperloop routes.

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Such a network of high-speed transport tubes is a ways off yet, however.

Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the idea may seem out there now, but every mode of transportation was once just a dream.

Hyperloop One also said this week that it completed tube installation at a 1,640-foot test track called the DevLoop in the Nevada desert. "And the idea of going from Denver to Vail in under 10 minutes for you ski enthusiasts is something that would really change our experiences", Lloyd said on "Squawk Box". Proposed routes include Los Angeles to San Diego in less than 13 minutes.

It doesn't mean that those 3 routes will get a hyperloop system, but their chances will be significantly higher.

As the company perfects its engineering, it is also whittling down 2,600 applicants worldwide that want to build the system. One of the companies hard at work in making this futuristic concept a reality is Los Angeles-based startup Hyperloop One.


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