Hyperloop One has announced the completion of a test Hyperloop track in Nevada, and is showcasing 11 potential Hyperloop routes across the U.S. as it pushes what it’s calling its “Vision for America .” Hyperloop One is the most visible of three startups now pursuing Elon Musk’s proposal for a near-supersonic ground transportation system, which it touts as a potential economic game-changer.
The test track, which the company calls DevLoop , is actually not a loop at all, but a 500-meter straight shot. Significantly, it’s a full-scale track, big enough to accommodate real passengers, in contrast to the smaller-scale version used by student teams competing in the recent SpaceX Hyperloop pod race .
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In a fittingly hyperbolic mode, the company claims the previously empty site of the new track will now “stake a claim as a future national historic site.” More concretely, it will allow …