Hyperloop One achieves second milestone this year — nearly 200 mph – California News

Hyperloop One achieves second milestone this year — nearly 200 mph – California News

Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One’s electromagnetically propelled passenger pod reached nearly 200 mph in its most recent milestone announced Wednesday.

Executives of the 3-year-old tech company say they’re now ready for global commercialization of the new energy-efficient, autonomous transportation system. They wrapped up the second phase of engineering tests of the world’s first full-scale Hyperloop system on Saturday.

The sleek passenger and cargo pod is being vetted in the Nevada desert on a specially designed, depressurized tube track called a DevLoop.

The trial comes nearly three months after the Hyperloop’s first full-scale test. While the self-driving pod went farther and faster than before, it wasn’t able to reach 250 mph, as the company had hoped.

The results:

• The fully enclosed pod designed to carry cargo and passengers reached 192 mph.

• The pod was thrust through the sealed tube with 3,151 horsepower using electric acceleration combined with custom magnetic levitation and guidance.

• It traveled farther than ever before: a quarter-mile.

“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.”

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk introduced the Hyperloop concept — high-tech, electric trains speeding through depressurized tubes…

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