Speed race

The Hyperloop One transport system has posted a new speed record, propelling its pods to 355km/h, mere days after another prototype managed to get to 324km/h. Initiative backer and technology booster Elon Musk reckons we ain’t seen nothing yet and is eyeing a cool 500km/h. As soon as next month.

But watch out Hyperloop, because China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation has started research on what it calls a ‘high-speed flying train’ which, it maintains, will be capable of an impressive top speed of 4,000 km/h. The technology is based on a passenger pod using magnetic levitation and travelling through a near-vacuum tube.

CASIS says the train’s acceleration will be slower than civil aircraft for safety reasons and plans to make prices affordable for regular passengers.

For that deeper dive:

Integration with other transport modes is central to Hyperloop One’s business Hyperloop

Hyperloop One considers nine routes in Europe for its high-speed transport – brand-e

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