Virgin Hyperloop successfully carries its first passengers

November 8th, 2020 may be a significant date for the evolution of transport. After running more than 400 tests at their DevLoop 500m test track in Las Vegas, Nevada, Virgin Hyperloop successfully carried its first passengers. Their hyperloop pod transported two of the company’s executives. It reached a speed of 107 mph (160 km/h) in 6.25 seconds. In total, the pod travelled for 15 seconds.

This is the first time that Hyperloop has been used to carry passengers. Josh Giegel, CTO and Co-Founder, and Sara Luchian, Director of Passenger Experience, were able to ride the first new form of transportation in over a century.

Founded as Hyperloop Technologies in 2014, the company changed its name to Hyperloop One and then to Virgin Hyperloop because Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, invested into the project.

Via their website, Sir Richard said “With today’s successful test, we have shown that this spirit of innovation will in fact change the way people everywhere live, work, and travel in the years to come.”

Safety and Comfort

The look of the XP-2 hyperloop vehicle has been designed by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group and Kilo Design, and is designed with passenger safety and comfort in mind. 

Virgin Hyperloop also recently unveiled West Virginia as the location for the first ever Hyperloop Certification Centre (HCC). The US Department of Transportation has also created a regulatory framework for hyperloop in the USA. The framework has been created by experts within the Non-Traditional and Emerging Transportation Technology (NETT) Council. It will help to establish hyperloop’s eligibility for future federal funding.

Watch the test here:

First Hyperloop Passenger Test (Video by: Virgin Hyperloop, 13th Nov 2020)

Drop me a line at jon@futurityjobs.com if you’d like to discuss this project in more detail.

NB: The image used on this article is an example of hyperloop technology. The image has not been supplied by Virgin Hyperloop.

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