The breakthroughs and innovations that we uncover lead to new ways of thinking, new connections, and new industries. Though Musk’s initial idea was to envision a system that could be cost-effective in comparison to CAHSR, there are more established transport systems across the world that are relatively cost-effective and also could move at high speeds. It is the essential source of information and ideas that make sense of a world in constant transformation. Copyright © 2006—2020. SHIFT is brought to you by Polestar. Our Story. Despite the confusing moniker, the "Loop" system of tunnels and high-speed skates Elon Musk has proposed building to circumvent Los Angeles traffic is actually not a hyperloop system and would never go nearly as fast as the plans described here. But Elon Musk did say in the aftermath of the competition that the 2020 edition will allow team's more space to show what they can do. But it’s not speed that we need, it’s accessibility. And then, whoosh. [Read: New right-to-repair bill foils Tesla’s monopoly over its vehicle data]. Now in its fourth instalment, SpaceX's Hyperloop Pod competition continues to bring out the very best in student engineering teams from all around the world, with the 2019 edition again pushing the boundaries of the experimental transport technology. To learn more or opt-out, read our Cookie Policy. We have services like the Eurostar, which can hit speeds of 186 mph, that will get you from Amsterdam to London in a few hours without stopping. The win was announced by Hyperloop’s official Twitter account. Magnets are also used to propel the train forward by exploiting the fact that North and South poles repel each other. In this day and age, that’s not really far or fast. In a historic first, two passengers embarked on a high-speed hyperloop train on Sunday evening at the Virgin Hyperloop… Maglev trains are already some of the fastest trains in the world, and can hit speeds in excess of 370 mph. He previously spent time at The Conversation, Mashable and The Santiago Times, earning a Masters degree in communications from Melbourne’s RMIT University along the way. After confirming the speed record, Elon Musk announced that next year’s competition will take place in a 10 km vacuum tunnel with a curve rather than the current 1 mile (1.6 km) straight above-ground tube at the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. © Copyright 2020, All Rights Reserved, FreightWaves, Inc, Hyperloop test pod breaks speed record and wins the annual hyperloop pod competition, Podcasts: FreightWaves FreightCasts Network, first conceptualized in 2012 by Elon Musk, Modern shipping requires both technological innovation and human expertise, Advanced tech solutions win industry stamp of approval, Inside J.B. Hunt’s transformational journey (with video), US Civil Reserve Air Fleet could be model for rocket cargo carriers. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. To revist this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories. As its name suggests, maglev technology suspends trains in concrete tracks using electromagnets so it’s floating on air. At just 1.7 meters long and weighing 70 kg, the prototype is still a fraction of the size of what the eventual passenger-ready Hyperloop pods will be. First passengers get a feel of super-speed hyperloop services, which can touch up to 1,000 km/h. Serving the global freight industry with the fastest and most comprehensive news insights and market data on the planet. PS5 has been released: Check availability at Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, Best Buy and more, Buying Xbox Series X? With maglev technology we could make that journey faster and more comfortable. The only judging criteria was top speed, provided it was followed by successful deceleration. Though hyperloop does look promising on paper with a theoretically possible speed of 1,200 kmph (760 mph), the recorded top speeds of pods to-date are a fraction of that. While the winning Hyperloop pod is only about the size of a child, the Richard Branson-backed Virgin Hyperloop One says it's tested its own full-scale version of hyperloop at 240 mph (386 kph). Nonetheless, hyperloop is not without its share of detractors. TU Munich’s team won the competition this year, although the pod disintegrated shortly after it broke the speed record, but not before it managed to finish the event. Marketplace model delivers competitive spot rates with full pricing transparency. That turned out real well for Concorde didn’t it? Those trains use magnetic levitation to nullify friction between the wheels and the rail, allowing them to cruise at up to 600 kph (373 mph) over long distances. With unity, collaboration, and open-borders we could lay connections between the world’s cities with existing technology quite easily. Earlier this week, everyone was banging on about Virgin Hyperloop, the train in a tube that’ll supposedly be able to hit speeds of 1,000 kph (620 mph) when it’s finished. That turned out real well for Concorde didn’t it? So the pandemic rocked the economy – what's next? The new tunnel would likely introduce additional challenges for the team’s competing in the competition. "Next year's Hyperloop competition will be in a 10-km (6.2-mi) vacuum tunnel with a curve," he tweeted. Founded in 2014, Virgin Hyperloop received investment from the Virgin Group in 2017. ljaques, I have been thinking the same thing about generating air flow. But those are concerns for the future—a future that just got a little bit closer. In the late 1970s maglev trains were hitting speeds comfortably above 300 mph and were doing it with the capability of carrying hundreds of passengers, not two. In this day and age, that’s not really far or fast. Hyperloop is dubbed as the next phase of public transportation and could, conceivably, allow travel between Dubai and Abu Dhabi in a matter of minutes. WIRED is where tomorrow is realized. Virgin Hyperloop One has partnered with logistics company DP World to create a company to ship cargo via hyperloop. Like the XP-1 speed record, XP-2 ran on the "DevLoop." Within a few seconds, the pod had hit top speed, beating the existing (publicly known) hyperloop speed record, set by Elon Musk this … Speeds reach up to 1,000 kilometres per hour. Please also read our Privacy Notice and Terms of Use, which became effective December 20, 2019. At this point, on the short track, it looks like acceleration is the main limiter for top speed. At its DevLoop track in the Nevada desert, north of Las Vegas, the company’s engineers loaded their 28-foot-long pod into a 1,600-foot-long concrete test tube. © 2020 Condé Nast. Although the win was another step forward for the theoretical transportation technology, TUM only beat the previous record by 4 mph, far short of the technology’s theoretical 760 mph max speed. But I’d like to step back for a moment, and ask us to take a big reality check before we consider just how notable a milestone this is. Elon Musk promises new Hyperloop tunnel after speed record broken, PC gaming mice from Logitech and Razer are steeply discounted today, Plus, save $30 on a two-pack of Nest Audio speakers, If you buy a OnePlus 8T, you can get half off a second phone today only, A great deal if you are looking to gift some phones this holiday season, Verge readers can save $100 on Segway’s Max e-scooter with a long 40-mile range, It can recharge in six hours and reach top speeds of 18.6mph, Sign up for the TUM Hyperloop broke the old speed record of 284 mph. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies explains how it plans to make the transportation system of the future. To cap off the good news, the company also announced that Richard Branson is coming aboard as chairman and that it just raised $50 million. SpaceX simplified: What to know about Elon Musk's space company. We delete comments that violate our policy, which we encourage you to read. Since then, a handful of companies, including Musk's own SpaceX and Tesla, have been working to build the hardware that could one day slingshot us from city to city around 20 percent faster than the top speed of most commercial airliners. Forty-two teams took part in this year's contest, with the team from TUM again outstripping them all. It was previously known as Hyperloop One and Virgin Hyperloop One. Next year’s @Hyperloop competition will be in a 10km vacuum tunnel with a curve. All rights reserved. Maybe it’s a matter of perspective, but I’m just not as impressed by Hyperloop as everyone else seems to be.