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Hyperloop starts construction of its first test track in France

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US-based Technologies (HTT) on Thursday announced that it will start building the first of two test tracks at its facility in Toulouse,

Hyperloop, an idea from and Founder Elon Musk, envisions a system which proposes to propel a pod-like vehicle through a near-at nearly 1,100 km per hour and above.

The first phase includes a closed 320-meter system that will be operational this year.

In addition, a second full-scale system of 1 km elevated by pylons at a height of 5.8 meters will be completed in 2019.

"Five years ago we set out to solve transportation's most pressing problems; efficiency, comfort and speed. Today, we take an important step forward to begin to achieve that goal," said

Both systems are fully upgradeable and will be utilised by both and partner companies.

"We have pioneered the technology, proved feasible and insurable by the world's largest reinsurance company, We have agreements in place in nine countries where we're working on feasibility and regulations," said Bibop Gresta,

HyperloopTT has signed agreements in the US, India, Slovakia, Abu Dhabi, the Czech Republic, France, Indonesia, and

India's first facility is likely to be introduced in Andhra Pradesh, connecting with upcoming state capital Amaravati.

The is currently studying the feasibility of the project and if introduced, the 40 km distance between the two cities can be covered in just six minutes.

If the line is completed, people can travel from Bengaluru to in 20 minutes. The 1,102 km to via Bengaluru line will cover the distance in 50 minutes.

has a research centre for freight and logistics in and a facility in where it will deliver the first full-scale passenger capsule.

"Hyperloop is no longer a concept; it has become a commercial industry," Gresta added.



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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 21:36 IST