Some high-speed trains also use this technology. But unlike trains, Hyperloop is designed to operate within pressurized tubes. It uses electric propulsion to move vehicles, called pods, through the tubes at high speeds.
Sara Luchian, the company’s Director of Passenger Experience, was one of the passengers. Luchian told the BBC she felt the trip was “exhilarating – both psychologically and physically.”
同社のDirector of Passenger ExperienceであるSara Luchian氏も乗客の一人でした。ルチアンはBBCの取材に対し、「心理的にも肉体的にも爽快な旅だった」と感想を述べています。
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem is the chairman of Virgin Hyperloop. “I had the true pleasure of seeing history made before my very eyes,” he said in a statement, after watching the test. Bin Sulayem added that he felt he had witnessed “the first new mode of mass transportation in over 100 years come to life.”
Hyperloop says it has already run over 400 tests without passengers at its Nevada site. But the company said the latest test shows that it had successfully developed the technology into a safe transportation system.
The system offers near silent travel and will release no carbon emissions. The company says the pods could complete a trip between New York and Washington, D.C. in just 30 minutes. That would be twice as fast as a jet flight and four times faster than a high-speed train.
Virgin Hyperloop has raised more than $400 million, largely from Virgin Group chief Richard Branson and the port operations company DP World, which is owned by the Dubai government. Virgin is one of several companies working to develop the technology.