Hyperloop One Finally Has a Real Life Test Track

Mar 10, 2017, 00:39
Hyperloop One Finally Has a Real Life Test Track

Dubbed the DevLoop, HyperLoop One's test track is now 1,640 feet long and plans indicate it will be a total length of two miles.

As you can see from the photos, that's a big stretch of tubing, and it looks like they're actually quite far along. The goal is to make a test track during the first half of 2017.

By producing a full-scale test track, the HyperLoop One program is proving that the tech company is on the right path to a final product.

Which is why all eyes will be on the Nevada site later in the year, to see what could be one of the most important trial runs in the history of human transportation. Since the company has now set up operations to test their magnetic levitation and pod systems, it seems the length of the track has been kept at the bare minimum required.

Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop One, shared a bird's-eye view of how construction is progressing at the world's only full-system and full-scale Hyperloop test site during his worldwide keynote address at the 11th annual Middle East Rail Dubai conference.

That route extends for some 159 kilometres (99 miles) and usually takes about 2 hours by vehicle, but Hyperloop One researchers say a Hyperloop pod could make the journey in just 12 minutes.

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The benefits of Hyperloop travel include higher safety standards than a passenger jet, construction and maintenance costs which are nearly half that than a high-speed rail and energy usage that is similar to a bicycle per kilogram-kilometer, according to Hyperloop One.

While little additional information is available on Hyperloop One's nascent test track, Ars will be following for more details. The firm say: "Not only will a Hyperloop system benefit the area economically, but socially, by facilitating easier access to critical infrastructure such as hospitals and schools, expanding access to city attractions and unlocking urban development".

It would be able to reduce the journey time from London to Edinburgh to just 45 minutes.

The first commercial installation is set to travel around 100 miles from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes.

But it is hoped that this is just the first step, with Hyperloop One harboring ambitions of connecting cities across the Middle East.

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