Virgin Hyperloop, one of the well known American transportation technology known for commercializing the high-speed technology concept, ran its first travel test outside of Las Vegas, Nevada on last Sunday.
Meant for driving at an altitude of approximately 200,000 feet, and reaching a speed of 107 mph in 6.25 seconds, the company is trying to certify itself in 2025 or 2026 and finish off this project for commercial use before 2030.
Two boarders during the test travel, Josh Giegel, chief technology officer and co-founder of Virgin Hyperloop, and Sara Luchian, head of the passenger experience, has described this ‘capsule train’ being equipped with proper seat belts and is aided by small side windows as well.
However, being a two-person Experiment-Pod-2 cockpit it holds accommodation only for two passengers for now. Speaking on this, Virgin Hyperloop has released a statement saying,
“ The trains put into mass production have more space and can accommodate up to 28 passengers. The current two-seater XP-2 car is manufactured to prove that passengers can safely travel on super high-speed trains. .”
Traveling at a vacuum pipeline at a speed of 600 miles per hour ‘it only takes 30 minutes to travel from New York to Washington, which is twice the speed of current commercial jets and more than four times faster than high-speed rail.’
This project following the advice of Elon Musk on commercializing high-speed cabin transportation has raised more than US$400 million in funds from the company’s CEO Richard Branson and Dubai World Ports company DP World, to promote this ‘capsule train’ which will be availed by people from all the class at $4 per 20 miles.
However, no proper budget estimation has been released yet and they are still working on the safety technology to promote a better and secured traveling to the people.