Hyperloop One shows off full-scale test track

A team of more than 240 employees have been working on the DevLoop, and it's almost completed, a video released by Hyperloop One shows.

After some delays, lots of controversy and maybe a little concern about the longevity of the enterprise, HyperLoop One, the next-gen transportation company, is building a full-scale test track (test tube?) in the Nevada desert.

Hyperloop One expected to conduct a public trial in the first half of 2017.

To show how serious it is, Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd accompanied his keynote address at the Middle East Rail conference in Dubai today with images of a full-scale test track in the Nevada desert, along with a few renderings of Hyperloop terminals.

The DevLoop, at the Apex site in North Las Vegas, is more than 1,640-feet-long and is nearly 11 feet in diameter. The track brings Elon Musk's design for a 700 mile-per-hour vacuum sealed train one step closer to reality.

According to a statement from the startup, the propulsion system would have higher safety standards than a passenger jet, with half the construction cost and lower maintenance cost than high-speed rail, along with "energy usage that is similar to a bicycle per kilogram-kilometre".

Hyperloop said transportation with the tube between major cities in the Gulf region could take less than an hour.

Hyperloop One is the only company now building a functional Hyperloop system, according to its statement.

"I am so excited to be able to share images of DevLoop at Middle East Rail and update the world on our progress", Giegel said.

Hyperloop One's DevLoop test structure spans 500 meters along the Nevada desert. "We have come so far in such a short space of time, and our team of over 240 employees are working tirelessly to eliminate the barriers of distance and time and reinvent transportation".

  • Zachary Reyes