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First passengers travel in Virgin’s levitating hyperloop pod system | Hyperloop

Richard Branson’s Virgin Hyperloop has completed the world’s first passenger ride on a super high-speed levitating pod system, a key safety test for technology it hopes will transform human and cargo transportation.

Virgin Hyperloop executives Josh Giegel, its chief technology officer, and Sara Luchian, the director of passenger experience, reached speeds of up to 107mph (172 km/h) at the company’s DevLoop test site in Las Vegas, Nevada, the company said on Sunday.

“I had the true pleasure of seeing history made before my very eyes,” said Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, the chairman of Virgin Hyperloop and the group chairman and chief executive of DP World.

Los Angeles-based Hyperloop envisions a future where floating pods packed with passengers and cargo hurtle through vacuum tubes at 600mph (966 km/h) or faster.

Virgin Hyperloop executives Josh Giegel and Sara Luchian reached speeds of up to 107 miles per hour (172km/h).
Virgin Hyperloop executives Josh Giegel and Sara Luchian reached speeds of up to 107 miles per hour (172km/h). Photograph: Virgin Hyperloop/PA

In a hyperloop system, which uses magnetic levitation to allow near-silent travel, a trip between New York and Washington would take just 30 minutes. That would be twice as fast as a commercial jet flight and four times faster than a high-speed train.

The company has already run more than 400 tests without human passengers at the Nevada site.

The test comes a month after Reuters first reported that Virgin Hyperloop picked the US state of West Virginia to host a $500m certification centre and test track that will serve as a proving ground for its technology.

The company is working towards safety certification by 2025 and commercial operations by 2030, it has said.

Canada’s Transpod and Spain’s Zeleros also aim to upend traditional passenger and freight networks with similar technology they say will slash travel times, congestion and environmental harm linked with petroleum-fuelled machines.

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Virgin Hyperloop CEO reveals how fast you can travel

Virgin Hyperloop, the technology company seeking to commercialize high-speed ground travel, is looking at transportation that can reach speeds of up to 670 mph, its CEO said Friday.

Jay Walder said the company is looking at a range of possibilities that include incredibly fast travel that is high-capacity and non-polluting.

“We’re really looking at the first new form of mass transportation that we’ve had in over 100 years,” Walder told Fox Business’ Neil Cavuto on “Cavuto: Coast to Cost.” “We’re looking at transportation that will be high-capacity that will carry people and cargo simultaneously so it meets our needs in both of those areas.”

Earlier this month, Virgin Hyperloop announced the selection of West Virginia as the site for its $500 million certification center that will serve as a test track. The concept of high-speed travel includes enclosed pods that will take passengers underground at speeds of more than 600 mph using electromagnetic levitation.

Construction of the facility is expected to begin in 2022.

Ideally, a trip from New York to Washington would take about 30 minutes. The technology would link American cities more closely, but also could effect the airline industry.

“I think it really works best for routes that are what the airlines refer to “short hauls,” Walder said. “It’s not changing New York to Los Angeles for example, but I do think it offers a much, much more convenient way of connecting cities across the country.”

He likened Hyperloop to the creation of the interstate highway system under the presidential administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower.

“We now have in our mind that the time it takes to get between places is defined by the highway system,” Walder said. “Today, if you want to go from Columbus [Ohio] to Pittsburgh, that’s a three-hour trip. With Hyperloop, it’s 25 minutes.”

A rendering of Virgin Hyperloop’s slated certification center and test track expected to be built in West Virginia. (VIRGIN HYPERLOOP)

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He added that a regulatory scheme of standards for the technology will be defined by the government.

“Ultimately, there will be standards that come from this. Certainly, we want to make sure that the standards that achieve the best outcomes for everybody,” Walder said. “And I think we’ll get there. I don’t think that’s the most difficult challenge for us to be able to meet.”

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