Hyperloop One completed its first successful test two months ago, but word is just filtering out about that achievement now. Hyperloop One has a completed construction of a 500 meter long test track — which it calls its DevLoop –in the Nevada desert. On May 12, it inserted its 28 foot long Hyperloop pod into the test track and accelerated it using electromagnetic propulsion and mag-lev technology to 70 miles per hour.
Underwhelmed by that news? Don’t be. Rome wasn’t built in a day. The Hyperloop technology started as a brain wave Elon Musk got years ago while stewing in the back of a limousine that was stuck in Los Angeles traffic. At the time, no one knew if the idea could be turned into reality anytime this century. The company now intends to refine its systems in the hope of achieving speeds of 250 miles per hour. The theoretical speed limit for the Hyperloop is three times that speed.