Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently shared a video of a Hyperloop test pod running at a speed of 201 mph (324 km/h), and it shows a glimpes of what the Hyperloop technology can bring us.
Recently, at SpaceXâ€™s headquarters in Hawthorne, California, 25 teams from across the world gathered for the Spacex Hyperloop pod competition to race the pods they built. The competition was all about which pod can achieve the maximum speed in the Hyperloop system built by SpaceX, which is approximately one mile in length with a six feet outer diameter. Here is the video of the pod which won the competition.
Hyperloop pod run by team WARR pic.twitter.com/ntaMsoxkZEâ€” Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 28, 2017
For the uninitiated, Hyperloop is the fifth mode of transportation as proposed by Musk. Hyperloop uses a system in which pods are lifted above the track using magnetic levitation, travelling through a low-pressure tube. This could eventually enable people to travel at over 700 miles/hour -- a Chennai to Bengaluru journey could take lesser than 30 minutes.
The video shared by Musk, Metro reports, is part of a competition held in California last month to design pods for the system.
Students from the Technical University of Munich won the competition and the footage shows their design called WARR Hyperloop.
The pod made of carbon fibre is powered by an electric motor and weights 80kg, the report adds.
A team from India, Hyperloop India, also participated in the competition. It was among the 24 selected globally, and had been working tirelessly for one-and-a-half years since Elon Musk threw open the challenge in 2015 and having made it through several rounds of design reviews and making it to the finals.