WITH passengers sitting in pods that travel at airline speed through sealed tubes using electric propulsion and magnetic levitation, hyperloop has been touted as the fastest way to cross the surface of the Earth, slashing journey times between major cities from several hours to a matter of minutes.
When it was first conceived by Elon Musk in 2013, the idea was deliberately open-sourced and companies around the world were invited to develop the technology.
Since then, billionaires, engineers and governments have competed to open the first operational system.
Facing fundamental questions about the concept’s viability, conducting cutting-edge engineering, investing billions of dollars, navigating extraordinary economic and political challenges – and all with the greatest transportation leap for a generation at stake – this is the race to build the world’s first hyperloop.
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Video hosted by Fred Mills.
Additional footage and images courtesy of Virgin Hyperloop One, Hyperloop TT, Hardt Hyperloop, Google Earth, FR-EE, Hyper Poland, Transpod Hyperloop and Zeleros Hyperloop.