Virgin Hyperloop, the technology company looking to commercialize high-speed terrestrial travel, is looking at transportation that can reach speeds of up to 670 km / h, the CEO said on Friday.
Jay Walder said the company is looking at a range of options that include incredibly fast, high-capacity and non-polluting travel.
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Earlier this month, Virgin Hyperloop announced the selection of West Virginia as the site of its $ 500 million certification center that will serve as a test track. The concept of high-speed travel includes closed bellows that take passengers underground at speeds of more than 600 mph using electromagnetic levitation.
The plant is expected to start in 2022.
Ideally, a trip from New York to Washington takes about 30 minutes. The technology would connect American cities more closely, but could also affect the aviation industry.
“I think it really works best for routes that airlines refer to as ‘short hauls,'” Walder said. It does not change e.g. New York to Los Angeles, but I think it provides a much, much more convenient way to connect cities across the country. “
He compared the Hyperloop to the creation of the interstate highway system under the presidential administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower.
“We now have in mind that the time it takes to get between places is defined by the highway system,” Walder said. “Today, if you want to travel from Columbus [Ohio] to Pittsburgh, it’s a three hour trip. With Hyperloop it is 25 minutes. “
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He added that a legislative system of standards for the technology will be defined by the government.
“Ultimately, there will be standards that come from this. We will certainly make sure that the standards that achieve the best results for everyone,” Walder said. “And I think we’ll get there. I do not think it’s the hardest challenge for us to be able to meet.”