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Back in 2013, Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, revealed his plans for the Hyperloop, a new form of transportation unlike anything we have seen before. This system can potentially move a pod carrying people or goods at nearly the speed of sound in a safe, controlled way. The Hyperloop system consists of a pod that travels through steel tubes connecting two locations. The tubes are pumped to maintain a near-vacuum interior, which allows the pod to fly through the tubes without air resistance. The pod floats on a magnetic field which eliminates friction as well.
While this sounds like it belongs in a Sci Fi movie, it may not be long until we start seeing Hyperloops pop up around the world. While Elon Musk is not personally overseeing any development, several private companies have taken up the task of making the Hyperloop a reality- most notably, the startup company Hyperloop Technologies. Led by CEO Rob Lloyd, Hyperloop Technologies is planning to build a full-scale five mile test track for the Hyperloop next year. In an interview with CBS, Lloyd says that within three years they will be “designing and constructing the first two or three production Hyperloop systems” and within five years they will be “moving goods and people.” In fact, Hyperloop Technologies plans to construct and implement the first commercial Hyperloop in the UAE before 2020. This Hyperloop will theoretically connect Abu Dhabi and Dubai, shortening the normally 35 minute plane ride into a 15 minute Hyperloop trip. In addition, Hyperloop Technologies is planning to install their first Hyperloop in America as early as 2020.