The Virgin Hyperloop company, which is turning Elon Musk’s idea of ferrying passengers through vacuum tubes at high speeds into reality, has reached its most important milestone yet: it carried human passengers for the first time.
The test, concluded on Sunday, consisted of carrying two passengers some 500 meters (1640 feet) in a pod that goes through a near-vacuum tube on Virgin Hyperloop’s test track in Nevada. The pod achieved speeds of 107 mph, and the trip took 6.25 seconds.
Virgin Hyperloop plans to launch a commercial hyperloop in 2021, though it will need regulators to get on board. The company is currently building a bigger, six-mile-long test track in West Virginia. Other companies working on hyperloop tech include Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, which is based in Los Angeles and Dubai, as well as Hardt, which is based in the Netherlands.