Hyperloop has been hailed as the future of high speed public transport by Elon Musk. Following this statement, several hyperloop companies have started a new race, to see who will be the first to make this dream come true.
One of the leading companies from the U.S, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), has decided to take a unique approach towards this goal, in the form of Magnetic Levitation Technology (Maglev).
Although magnetic levitation is not a new technology to be associated with the hyperloop program, however, the unique part comes from the way in which the technology will be implemented.
Instead of the traditional execution, where regular pods are levitated off the ground with the help of powered rails, the company has decided to use non-powered aluminum tracks, while the power comes from the pod itself.
This method is called Passive Levitation System, and has the potential to reach the speeds of approximately 760MPH (1200KMPH). In addition to the speed, the system is also a lot cheaper than regular maglev technology, as it eliminates the need for power stations to be constructed near the track.
The credit for the development of this system goes to late physicist, Richard Post, who originally introduced this idea back in 2000. HTT has put full faith in the vision of Mr. Post, shown by the face that they have already completed full testing of the system.
The company is expected to begin full-scale operations at their test track in Quay Valley, California, by 2018 or 2019. If everything goes alright, this will be remembered as truly our first introduction to the true future of high speed transport.