Today, in the desert outside Las Vegas, a start-up called Hyperloop One performed the world’s first full-scale test of hyperloop technology, and demonstrated that their propulsion system really works. According to reports, the motor inside their short test track was able to successfully accelerate a cart from 0 to 96 km/h (60 mph) in 1 second, generating a force of 2.5 Gs.
This initial test didn’t involve the famous ‘loop’ part of the technology, so doesn’t come close to demonstrating how fast those carts would move without air resistance. But based on these results, this same motor inside a full prototype could hypothetically propel a vehicle to incredible speeds of 1,126 km/h (700 mph).
Ever since Elon Musk came up with the idea of the hyperloop, people have been freaking out about it. And for good reason. The alternative to trains – and potentially even air travel – is powered by magnets, and travels inside a low-pressure tube, allowing it to reach theoretical speeds of up to 1,200 km/h (745 mph).
If constructed, a hyperloop could take you from LA to San Fransisco in just 30 minutes, or New York to China in 2 hours.