It's faster than high-speed rail, it has no direct emissions or noise and its pods can depart several times per minute.
Hyperloop is a superfast tube travel system brought to the public imagination by Tesla CEO Elon Musk in 2013. Now, states and cities around the world are vying for the chance to be first to install one.
Virgin Hyperloop One, part of British business magnate Richard Branson's Virgin Group, is one company looking to advance this fully autonomous mode of transportation, in which passengers or cargo are loaded into a pod that accelerates gradually through a low-pressure tube. The pod floats above a track using magnetic levitation.
Hyperloop passenger or light-cargo pods would travel 670 mph. Virgin Hyperloop One hopes to have these systems operational by the mid-2020s.
Nine states — Missouri, Texas, Colorado, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington, Illinois and Oregon — are exploring Virgin Hyperloop One technology, according to the company. The systems would be built on columns or tunneled below ground, depending on the state.