Hyperloop One shows first 'Full Systems Test', unveils first 'pod'

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Josh Giegel, the co-founder of Hyperloop One, said: "We're looking forward to showcasing our technology and believe that Europe is the flawless region for one of the world's first Hyperloop systems". "Hyperloop is real, and it's here now", said Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and executive chairman of Hyperloop One.

Elon Musk's vision of an ultra-high speed transportation system of the future is one step closer to becoming a reality.

The high-speed tube transportation company, which aims to one day whisk people between cities at airline-like speeds, says it made history recently with a successful test run at its Nevada development track in May.

As well as revealing the completed test, the company has also shared images of the new pods (above) that'll house passengers as they whiz through the tubes (via The Verge). This Hyperloop system would make it possible to travel between San Francisco and Los Angeles in 30 minutes.

Hyperloop One will continue to run tests at DevLoop in the coming months to validate its next-generation components and software. "By achieving full vacuum, we essentially invented our own sky in a tube, as if you're flying at 200,000 feet in the air". For the first time in over 100 years, a new mode of transportation has been introduced.

According to Pishevar, the next phase of Hyperloop One testing will be to take it up to 250mph (400kmph). Musk said he didn't have time to see the idea to fruition, but SpaceX has hosted ongoing competitions for student and professional teams to show off pod design and execution. The practice sled only reached 70 miles per hour (112 km/h), but saw the team test all of the system's components together for the first time, such as the motor, vehicle suspension, magnetic levitation technology and vacuum pumping system. Hyperloop's first trial was successful in demonstrating that the same effect could be achieved using vacuum tubes.

In a press release, the company wrote: "Hyperloop One tested all the system's components, including its highly efficient motor, vehicle suspension, magnetic levitation, electromagnetic braking, vacuum pumping system and more, proving the full system's components operate successfully as a single integrated unit in a vacuum".

In addition to reaching higher speeds, Hyperloop One has many other technical questions to address.