Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) has unveiled its first full-size passenger car today, and this is exciting because it makes large journeys very possibly by ground on a daily basis.
Are you ready to get from Las Vegas to LA in twenty minutes? Give it three years, and this may become your work commute!
Let’s have a look…
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies
The first full-size passenger capsule is designed to carry travelers at over 1,100 kilometers per hour, or around 700 miles per hour.
To put this in perspective, commercial carrier jets cruise the skies at an average speed of 460-575 mph. For ground travel, such speed is unprecedented.
HTT’s vessel works by transporting passengers at super-high speeds through magnetic tubes. It uses magnet technology to levitate and propel pods through these large tubes.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is currently building his own hyperloop system to speed around LA with his Boring Company. His plan is to be able to deliver people to the Dodgers stadium in four minutes, traveling underground on the Hyperloop.
Company co-founder and chairman Rafael Contreras said about the unveiling:
“Today we have unveiled a new type of transportation vessel built with an industry high percentage of composite, which makes the Hyperloop capsule perhaps the safest transportation vehicle in the world.”
The estimation is three years for the full hyperloop service to be up and running:
“In three years, you and me, we can take a Hyperloop,” says HTT CEO Dirk Ahlborn. He furthered that this system will be “one of the most efficient transportation systems ever made.”
The company’s first pod is named ‘Quintro One.’ It is made out of “dual-layer smart composite material designed to be extra resilient and weighs five tons.” Each pod will average a length of 32 meters and will fit anywhere between 28 and 40 passengers. The long trains will carry passengers cross-country in record times.
The Hyperloop will soon be tested on a testing track.
“In 2019, this capsule will be fully optimized and ready for passengers,” confirmed Bibop Gresta, chairman and co-founder of HTT, but if all goes to plan, worldwide adoption could be feasible in five to ten years.
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