1st Human Ride, Its Top Executives Are Passengers.
Virgin Hyperloop executives Josh Giegel, its Chief Technology Officer, and Sara Luchian, Director of Passenger Experience, reached speeds of up to 107 miles per hour (172 km per hour) at the company’s DevLoop test site in Las Vegas, Nevada, the company said.
“I had the true pleasure of seeing history made before my very eyes,” said Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Virgin Hyperloop and Group Chairman and Chief Executive of DP World.
PUNE ENGINEER IS FIRST INDIAN TO RIDE HYPERLOOP
Hyperloop systems in India
In 2018, the Virgin Group and the Government of Maharashtra signed an agreement to build a hyperloop system between Mumbai and Pune. The current train time of approximately 3.5 hours and road time of nearly 3 hours is expected to be cut down to less than 35 minutes if and when Hyperloop One’s system in India is ready.
Another company, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies or Hyperloop TT, had signed an MoU with the Andhra Pradesh government in 2017 to develop a route between Amaravati and Vijayawada. The proposed project would cut down the 1-hour ride to just 5 minutes. However, there have been no public developments on the project.
The only Indian company working on developing a hyperloop technology is DGWHyperloop, which plans to build a hyperloop corridor between Delhi and Mumbai.