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The new way of transportation, Hyperloop, took a step forward when it gave a short ride to two passengers.
Several competing Hyperloops are being developed globally, but it was Virgin Hyperloop who got there first.
At their test- and development facility in Nevada Josh Giegel, CTO and Co-Founder, and Sara Luchian, Director of Passenger Experience took the first trip.
It was short, 500 meters, and they only reached 160 kilometers per hour (100 mph) but it was an essential step towards the ultimate goal.
Hyperloop will cut travel times
Ultimately Hyperloops will go by speeds of over 1000 km/h which will cut travel times and connect cities and people. Los Angeles to San Francisco would take 43 minutes, according to Virgin Hyperloop. Compare that to an airplane, 1 hour and 28 minutes, or a car, six hours.
Amritsar to Chandigarh in India takes 4 hours and 35 minutes by train, with Hyperloop that would instead be shortened to 19 minutes.
Elon Musk and engineers developed the original Hyperloop idea at Tesla and SpaceX. He was tired of the slow commute between Los Angeles and San Francisco and appalled by the vast costs and relatively slow speed of the high-speed train planned to connect the two cities.