If all goes to plan, we could be travelling in 800mph vacuum tubes by 2020
If the idea of popping from Sydney to Canberra and back in a day (the journey would take less than 30 minutes each way) appeals as much as it seems impossible, you’ll find the latest news from the US encouraging. One of several companies exploring the idea of building a commercial Hyperloop has announced that it’ll be testing a real-world version in early 2016.
Hyperloop Technologies has secured the necessary space to build a kilometre-long test track in Las Vegas. The “Propulsion Open Air Test” won’t use the full vacuum tube design, but the company hopes it will reach speeds of up to 540mph, accelerating from a standstill to top speed in just two seconds.