, the ambitious project to commercialize vacuum-sealed pod-in-tubes transportation as a way to
, said Wednesday it set a new speed record during its first test of a passenger pod at its Nevada desert test track.
The Hyperloop One XP-1 pod accelerated for 300 meters to a full speed of 192 miles per hour during the July 29 test. It glided above the 500-meter DevLoop track using magnetic levitation before braking and coming to a stop, the organization said.
The company said it depressurized its Nevada test tube to the equivalent of air at 200,000 feet above sea level to reduce drag for the test.
The test did not involve any human passengers.
“This is the beginning, and the dawn of a new era of transportation,” said
, executive chairman and co-founder of Hyperloop One. “We’ve reached historic speeds of 310 km an hour, and we’re excited to finally show the world the XP-1 going into the Hyperloop One tube. When you hear the sound of the Hyperloop One, you hear the sound of the future.”
and SpaceX founder
first came up with the idea of hyperloop travel, but he has no business relationship with Hyperloop One. He is working on his own hyperloop project, and on Twitter, he announced last month that he had received
to build a Hyperloop route connecting New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington D.C. That course would be built underground, using Musk’s other side project,
Musk’s SpaceX recently
to build and test hyperloop pods in a test track at the company’s California headquarters.
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