Hyperloop One Debuts in Europe
May 19th, 2017
Following years of discussion and prototyping, the Hyperloop One will be making its European debut in Amsterdam on June 6. The vacuum-sealed train system came to be after Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, detailed his idea for it back in 2013. Musk mapped out a system in which the train could theoretically top speeds of 700 miles per hour. Despite these projections, a track has yet to be developed to publicly test such a feat.
"Hyperloop is a new way to move people and things at airline speeds for the price of a bus ticket. It's on-demand, energy-efficient and safe. Think: broadband for transportation," Hyperloop One's website explains. "We use a custom electric motor to accelerate and decelerate a levitated pod through a low-pressure tube. The vehicle will glide silently for miles with no turbulence."
Hyperloop One has been working on a test track in the Nevada desert with the hopes of finally testing it out on the public. Currently, the company is hosting a global challenge to seek out where to place an initial route. Some of the current semifinalists include routes in India, the U.S. and Europe.
"It's happening faster than you think. We tested our motor in May, 2016, and will test the full system in early 2017. We're developing routes in five countries," Hyperloop One's website goes on to describe. "The goal is to be moving cargo by 2020 and passengers by 2021."
The event in Amsterdam will further lay out more potential future route plans and allow for the public to see where the company would like to take the idea in Europe and beyond.