American transportation company Virgin Hyperloop, formerly known as Hyperloop Technologies and Hyperloop One and Virgin Hyperloop One, has successfully completed the world's first passenger ride on a super high speed levitating pod system. The officials said on Sunday that it was a key safety test.
The test took place on last Sunday at Virgin Hyperloop's DevLoop test track in the desert outside Las Vegas, Nevada. The Hyperloop carried two passengers. The passengers included the company's chief technology officer and co-founder Josh Giegel and Sara Luchien. Sara Luchien is the head of passenger experience at the company.
What is Hyperloop?
The Hyperloop is a proposed super high-speed transportation system. This high-speed transportation system uses specialized pods that are accelerated through low-pressure tubes. This helps in achieving a speed as high as the speed of sound.
The mode of transportation aims at providing a better, much cost-effective and a faster system to travel between cities that are separated by a distance less than nine hundred miles. The concept was first institutionalized by Elon Musk in 2012.
The postulated advantages of Hyperloop includes immunity to weather, low power consumption, instantaneous speed, lack of crashes and energy generation for its own necessity. The designing and building of the Hyperloop possess many economic and technical challenges. Elon Musk has proposed that building a full passenger plus cargo version of the Hyperloop will cost an estimate of around $7.5 billion USD. Whereas the critics claim that the final cost would sum up to around ten times the cost estimated by Elon Musk.
The CEO of Virgin Hyperloop Jay Walder said, “No one has done anything close to what we're talking about right now. This is a full scale, working hyperloop that is not just going to run in a vacuum environment but is going to have a person in it. No one has come close to doing it.”