Hyperloop One just unveiled its first full-scale test track in Nevada - here's a closer look
The startup released images of its development site (DevLoop) for the first time on Tuesday. Hyperloop One said in a press release that the first public trial on the full-scale system will occur in the first half of 2017. That's slightly later than the company's original timeline - a press release from October said the trial will occur in the first quarter of this year.Hyperloop One did not reply to Business Insider's request for clarification on when exactly the trial will occur.
The DevLoop is 500 meters long (1,640 feet) and has a diameter of 3.3 meters (just under 11 feet.) It's located in the Nevada desert, just 30 minutes from Las Vegas.
The public trial expected to occur in the first half of this year will serve as Hyperloop One's first test on a full-scale, development site. The startup conducted a public test on a prototype system in the same area in May 2016.Advertisement
In November, Hyperloop One signed an agreement with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority to evaluate building a Hyperloop between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Hyperloop One said in its press release that the progress on the DevLoop should show how close the startup is to making the system a reality. The startup said the Hyperloop will reduce the commute between Dubai and Abu Dhabi from several hours to just 12 minutes.Advertisement
Hyperloop One is also interested in using the high-speed transit alternative to transport cargo.
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