Testing phase successful for new ‘Hyperloop’ transportation

The new technology would make it possible for a person to travel from Pittsburgh to Columbus in under 18 minutes

Testing appears to be successful for technology that can make it possible for a person to travel from Pittsburgh to Columbus in under 18 minutes.

NEVADA (WKBN) – Testing appears to be successful for technology that can make it possible for a person to travel from Pittsburgh to Columbus in under 18 minutes.

Hyperloop One said it completed its second phase of testing on what could become the fifth major mode of transportation.

A Hyperloop system would take 20 to 40 people in a pod through a tube traveling at speeds of up to 750 miles per hour.

According to Hyperloop One, the company’s system ran successfully and achieved record speeds of up to 192 miles per hour during a test run on a 500-meter track in the Nevada desert. The pod accelerated for 300 meters — gliding above the track using magnetic levitation — before braking and coming to a gradual stop.

“We’ve proven that our technology works, and we’re now ready to enter into discussions with partners, customers and governments around the world about the full commercialization of our Hyperloop technology,” said Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd. “We’re excited about the prospects and the reception we’ve received from governments around the world to help solve their mass transportation and infrastructure challenges.”

The Midwest route (Chicago-Columbus-Pittsburgh) is one of 11 possible routes under consideration, thanks to the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

The 488-mile route would serve 13.8 million people. To get from Pittsburgh to Chicago, it would only take 47 minutes.

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