Latest in California

Image credit:

Five miles of Hyperloop test track will be built in California

2 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

If you were worried that Hyperloop was nothing more than a fantasy, you might be happy to learn that some companies are taking the idea very seriously. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, one of the companies inspired by Elon Musk's idea of making people travel in tubes, has signed a deal to build a five mile test facility in California. The facility will be built by a local developer along Interstate 5, and is expected to begin construction next year. According to CNBC, the scheme will cost an eye-watering $100 million to build and should be up and running by 2019.

Although Elon Musk himself is credited with the Hyperloop idea, he had originally stated that he was too busy with SpaceX and Tesla to develop the project. Since then, however, the entrepreneur has changed his tune, pledging to build a test facility of his very own down in Texas. Unlike HTT's, the Musk loop will be used by companies and students to test pod designs, and could even host a student race competition in the vein of Formula SAE. All we can say is that we hope it won't be long after that before we start seeing Hyperloop tunnels popping up across the country.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
2 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

T-Mobile, Sprint merger could close by April 1st

T-Mobile, Sprint merger could close by April 1st

View
Windows 10 icons are getting an overdue redesign

Windows 10 icons are getting an overdue redesign

View
Hasbro's flurry of 'The Mandalorian' toys includes an animatronic Baby Yoda

Hasbro's flurry of 'The Mandalorian' toys includes an animatronic Baby Yoda

View
'Westworld' season 3 trailer sets the stage for an AI battle

'Westworld' season 3 trailer sets the stage for an AI battle

View
HBO and HBO Max are coming to YouTube TV

HBO and HBO Max are coming to YouTube TV

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr