First images of Hyperloop One ‘train of the future’ revealed 

Posted: March 9, 2017 by oldbrew in innovation, Travel

It’s the tube train with a difference – viable public transport or a fairground novelty? Testing is under way.

The first images of the Hyperloop One test track were shown off during the Middle East Rail conference, demonstrating progress on the high-speed transport system that promises to be faster than air travel, as reports.

Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd unveiled never-before-seen images of the ‘DevLoop’ development site, in Las Vegas, during the 11th annual Middle East Rail conference in Dubai on Tuesday. The images show an aerial view of the construction of the world’s first full-system Hyperloop test site, with a test track of 500 meters or about one-third of a mile long and 11 feet wide.

The Los Angeles startup, Hyperloop One, has designed a near supersonic transport system that uses levitating pods that travel through a low-pressure tube at speeds up to 760 miles per hour. The goal is to make a test track during the first half of 2017.

The company hopes to revolutionize transportation in the Middle East, and promises to shorten the trip from Dubai to Abu Dhabi to just 12 minutes, a journey that currently takes around 90 minutes.

According to a statement from the startup, the propulsion system would have higher safety standards than a passenger jet, with half the construction cost and lower maintenance cost than high-speed rail, along with “energy usage that is similar to a bicycle per kilogram-kilometre.”

The company plans to perform its first public trial during the first half of 2017 and says it is planning to have at least one system capable of human transportation by 2021.

“While technology is revolutionizing many facets of our lives, we have not seen a radical change in transportation since the Wright brothers introduced air travel over 100 years ago,” Lloyd said in the statement.

The company said that its progress at the test site shows how quickly it can bring the innovative system to the rest of the world.

The report continues here.

  1. JB says:

    760mph and a sudden misalignment from earthquake….

  2. hunter says:

    Going that fast in a highly restricted space where your safety relies on never hitting a bump reminds me of the trucker’s joke:
    What is the last thing to go through a bugs mind when it hits a windshield?
    It’s asshole.

  3. ivan says:

    A half kilometre of track (tube) is not going to allow much testing. I doubt that the pod will get up to speed in that distance and if it did I would hate to be travelling in it (passengers smeared on the back wall anyone?) and the sudden stop at the end would also be ‘interesting’.

  4. oldbrew says:

    OTOH if it doesn’t even work in a small section of tube it’s probably not going to work at all.

  5. Why the preoccupation with transporting our bodies at great speed – or transporting our bodies at all ? Some face-to-face time is required for many purposes but most of the business related purposes are vastly overused IMO. With all the electronic opportunities for remote face to face interaction available these days we could free up a lot of resources, personal and otherwise, by minimizing transporting our bodies to accomplish our work related business.

  6. PeterF says:

    Eventually, someone will have smuggled a bomb into the cars. Will be fun to watch the outcome at that speed :-/

  7. E.M.Smith says:

    Middle East rollout?

    What happens when a bullet hits this thing and a vacuum suddenly is lost?

    It may be a great thing once running, but I’ll wait a while to start riding it…

  8. oldbrew says:

    Some earlier attempts…

    The Pneumatic Passenger Railway, as Erected at the American Institute, Fourteenth Street, New-York, 1867

    – – –
    The ‘vactrain’

    A vactrain (or vacuum tube train) is a proposed design for very-high-speed rail transportation. It is a maglev (magnetic levitation) line using partly evacuated tubes or tunnels.

  9. Eric Fithian says:

    then there was the surreal scenario which came from Jim French’s imagination, as staged in “Gravtrak 449,” an audio drama which first aired on “Crisis” 7 August 1975.
    Passengers on a (supersonic?) train experience a crash. They manage to climb out of the wreckage…
    …and the boy puts the train set away in his toy chest for next year….

    Very well produced, but— needless to say, not one of my favorite tales!