On July 29, Hyperloop One established a new speed record for its XP1 experimental transportation pod — 192 miles per hour. The test took place inside the company’s 500 meter long test track. The XP1 employs maglev technology to reduce friction to a minimum. The tube it travels in operates in a partial vacuum in which air is as scarce as it is in the atmosphere 200,000 feet above the earth’s surface.
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The XP1 makes a sort of whining/whistling sound as it travels inside the tube. The Verge describes it as the sound one would expect to hear from “a low grade TIE Fighter from Star Wars.” Shervin Pishevar, CEO of Hyperloop One, says, “When you hear the sound of the Hyperloop, you hear the sound of the future.”