The idea of a hyperloop may have originated in Silicon Valley, but it’s coming to life in France.
In 2013, tech CEO Elon Musk unveiled plans for a transportation system he dubbed a “hyperloop,” in which capsules travel at enormous speeds through a low-pressure tube.
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) is one of several companies now building out such a system, and on Tuesday, it shared images of the full-scale hyperloop test track it’s building in Toulouse, France — an important milestone on the path to a functioning hyperloop.
Those tests won’t kick off until April, though, as the track isn’t actually complete just yet — HyperloopTT told CNBC it still needs to install a “proprietary vacuum pump system,” but that construction should wrap up in the “coming weeks.”
Work-in-progress or not, HyperloopTT CEO Dirk Ahlborn expressed confidence in his company’s system.
“In Toulouse, we have taken the time to design and build a truly commercially viable system,” he told CNBC. “As we get ready for testing, we are proud to share our most recent milestones at our R&D (research and development) center in Europe’s ‘Aerospace Valley’ which will serve as our staging ground for our efforts worldwide.”
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