Will the super-fast ‘Hyperloop’ train ever happen?

The Transpod can carry only 50 passengers at a time

Transpod has set up a test track for its Hyperloop project in Limousin. But Yves Crozet, of Sciences Po Lyon’s LAET Transport, Urban Planning and Economics Laboratory, says speed-of-sound ‘train’ travel is a long way from reality.

Hyperloop is supposed to revolutionise the future of transport, promising aircraft speeds and Métro frequency - but will it ever happen?

Tesla boss Elon Musk first promised that Hyperloop shuttles, flying in a vacuum, could reach 1,200kph, the speed of sound. Now that estimate has been halved, and there are doubts about whether it is even viable.

Canadian company Transpod announced in August that it was to start construction at Droux, Limousin. It will become the second French site, after Toulouse in April, to prepare test tracks to catapult ...

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