Hyperloop One got a little closer to making its ambitious, high-speed transit system a reality last week.
The startup successfully tested its full-scale Hyperloop system on its DevLoop test track in Nevada on Thursday. The vehicle coasted above the track for 5.3 seconds using magnetic levitation and reached a top speed of 70 mph. Hyperloop One will attempt to reach 250 mph in subsequent testing.
Hyperloop One is considering 11 possible routes for the first US-based transit system, but is also conducting feasibility studies Dubai and Finland.
Here we begin the breakdown of Hyperloop One’s concept for the system. First, passengers will use an app to see their transportation options that day.
If a Hyperloop is available, the app will list it alongside other transportation options. If a passenger clicks the Hyperloop option…
… The app will list the gate where the high-speed system is available with details on how long it will take to arrive.
Just like an airplane, there will be different classes of pods, like one designed for multiple people and a “lounge pod” for fewer people to kick back and relax.
The pod will then travel to the entrance for the Hyperloop. Hyperloop One says there will be 120 pod gates accommodating over 8,500 passengers per hour.
Four pods will be assigned to each Hyperloop tube.
Three of those pods will be for passengers with a separate one designated for cargo.