30 April 2018
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) has started construction of a high-speed transportation system in Toulouse, France. This is the world’s third hyperloop test track.
HyperloopTT says its test track will be built in two phases which will include a closed 320-meter system that will become operational this year. A second 1-kilometre long full-scale system will be built on an elevated by pylons at a height of 5.8 meters which will be completed by 2019. A full-scale passenger capsule is also under construction at the company’s facility in Spain which is scheduled for delivery this summer.
The company had announced plans to build its first track back in 2015 in California, though it’s yet to materialize. However, the new images and video shared by HTT reveal that the Toulouse track is on the right track.
"Five years ago we set out to solve transportation's most pressing problems; efficiency, comfort and speed," said HyperloopTT CEO Dirk Ahlborn. "Today we take an important step forward to begin to achieve that goal. Hyperloop is more than just displays of rapid acceleration and more than just breaking speed records. The real opportunity is to create an efficient and safe system with an unparalleled passenger experience."