Is the 5th Mode of Transport Upon Us?

Courtesy of MIT

A team from MIT has won the Space X contest for designing the Hyperloop experimental travel capsule, a form of high-speed transportation imagined by Space X founder Elon Musk. After planes, trains, cars and boats, Hyperloop may become the 5th mode of transport, according to the billionaire entrepreneur.

Hyperloop will consist of driverless capsules that travel through low-pressure tubes via magnetic levitation. Low pressure reduces air resistance, enabling capsule speeds of up to 400 km/h. Hyperloop could therefore link Los Angeles to San Francisco in a fraction of the time it takes other surface vehicles. The MIT prototype tests will start in April in California.

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