According to multiple reports, France will be testing the world’s third hyperloop track in the city of Toulouse starting next year. The high-speed transport route will be built by Startup Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT).
France had to choose between HTT and Virgin Hyperloop One for the construction of the transportation system that would carry passengers and containers at mind-boggling speeds through a near-vacuum tube.
- HTT has inked deals with multiple governments including the U.S., India, Slovakia, and South Korea to analyze the feasibility of Hyperloop test tracks.
- France is one of the few HTT partners that will get to see one in the real world.
In 2015, HTT unveiled a plan to build one such system in California, but the project has stalled ever since. Now, the project in Toulouse is advancing rapidly.
The tubes that will host the passenger capsules are 13-foot-wide. The company plans to build a system that is 0.62-mile-long (1-kilometer-long) and 19-foot-tall (5.8-meter-tall). The project should be completed by next year.
World’s Fastest Transportation System
HTT unveiled that it is working on a real-world passenger pod in Spain. The pod will be shipped to Toulouse this summer.
Five years ago we set out to solve transportation’s most pressing problems; efficiency, comfort and speed,
said HyperloopTT’s chief executive Dirk Ahlborn.
Ahlborn noted that the project in France will turn that goal into reality. Hyperloop is more than hitting the sound barrier and showcasing speed accelerations never seen before, the HTT exec explained. The ultimate goal is to build a transportation system that is safe and efficient and offers a unique passenger experience.
The company will unveil the new project to the public in Toulouse later this year. Meanwhile it has released a promo video.
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