High-speed trains have been part of some landscapes for decades. Japan’s high-speed bullet trains traverse the country at speeds of up to 320 kilometers per hour, or about 200 miles per hour. In October 2016, a maglev (magnetic levitation) train in Japan established a world record for train travel, reaching a speed of 603 kph, or 374 mph on an experimental track in Yamanashi.
Such speeds in most of the rest of the world remain a dream. But an expected announcement could change the way people and freight move all and make those Japanese trains seem slow by comparison.
The future of transportation may well be a shuttle inside a vacuum-sealed tube, taking passengers and freight on trips of mere minutes, trips that now take several hours. That’s the goal of Hyperloop One, a Los Angeles-based startup.
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