Richard Branson’s Virgin Hyperloop completed the world‘s first passenger journey with a super high-speed floating cap system, the company said on Sunday, a major safety test of technology it hopes will transform the way people and goods are transported.
Josh Giegel, Chief Technology Officer of Virgin Hyperloop, and Sara Luchian, Director of Passenger Experience, reached speeds of up to 172 km / h at the company’s DevLoop test site in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I had the real pleasure seeing the story before my eyes,” said Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, chairman of Virgin Hyperloop and chairman and chief executive of DP World.
Los Angeles-based Hyperloop envisions a future in which floating pods of passengers and cargo race through vacuum tubes at 966 km / h or faster.
In a Hyperloop system that uses maglev trains to provide near-silent travel, a trip between New York and Washington would only take 30 minutes. That would be twice as fast as a commercial jet flight and four times faster than a bullet train.
The company previously conducted over 400 tests with no human passengers at the Nevada site.
The test comes a month after Reuters first reported that Virgin Hyperloop selected the state of West Virginia to build a $ 500 million certification center and test track to serve as a testing ground for its technology.
The company is aiming for safety certification by 2025 and commercial operation by 2030.
Canada’s Transpod and Spain’s Zeleros are also aiming to upgrade traditional passenger and cargo networks with similar technology, which they believe will cut travel times, congestion and environmental damage associated with petroleum-powered machines.
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