For the first time ever, passengers have travelled safely and successfully aboard a hyperloop, with a recent test in the Nevada Desert seeing them reaching speeds of 48 meters per second - or 107 miles per hour - over a distance of 395 meters.
Hosted by Virgin Hyperloop, the test saw Josh Giegel, CTO and co-founder and Sara Luchian, director of Passenger Experience, riding in a pod at the company’s 500-meter DevLoop test site in Las Vegas, where the company has previously run over 400 un-occupied tests. The occupants made their maiden voyage in a newly-unveiled XP-2 vehicle, designed by BIG Bjarke Ingels Group and Kilo Design, which was custom-built to maximise comfort as well as occupant safety. The two-seater version was used to demonstrate the safety of the technology, while plans are in place for a larger production vehicle that will be able to house 28 passengers.