KUALA LUMPUR: Virgin Hyperloop has made history as the first people successfully travelled in a hyperloop pod at the DevLoop test facility in the United States.
“For the past few years, the Virgin Hyperloop team has been working on turning its ground-breaking technology into reality,” said Virgin Group Founder, Sir Richard Branson.
“With today’s successful test, we have shown that this spirit of innovation will in fact change the way people everywhere live, work, and travel in the years to come.”
According to a statement, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Josh Giegel and Director of Passenger Experience, Sara Luchian were the world’s first to ride on this new form of transportation.
The testing campaign will continue with Virgin Hyperloop’s Power Electronics Specialist, Tanay Manjrekar and native of Pune, riding next.
Having undergone a rigorous and exhaustive safety process, the newly-unveiled XP-2 vehicle demonstrates many of the safety-critical systems that will be found on a commercial hyperloop system.
It is also equipped with a state-of-the-art control system that can detect abnormal conditions and rapidly trigger appropriate emergency responses.
In India, the Government of Maharashtra has deemed hyperloop a public infrastructure project and approved the Virgin Hyperloop-DP World Consortium as the Original Project Proponent for the Mumbai-Pune hyperloop project.
Last month, Virgin Hyperloop announced a ground-breaking partnership with Bangalore International Airport Limited to conduct a feasibility study for a proposed hyperloop corridor from BLR Airport. – Bernama