Elon Musk's vision of ultrafast land transport is taking big strides forward

On May 11, in a Nevada desert 30 miles from the Las Vegas strip, the first prototype of Hyperloop One accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 1.1 seconds before decelerating on a short 300-meter track. This was dubbed by Hyperloop One engineers as a POAT, or propulsion open-air test.

This press-filled event was a pivotal moment for this hybrid form of transportation. The Hyperloop One could someday transport passengers and cargo at speeds of up to 700 mph in small pods that depart stations as often as every 10 seconds. These pods will speed through almost vacuum tubes that reduce air drag and allow alternative methods of propulsion.

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