Sydney to Melbourne in 53 mins

A REVOLUTIONARY travel concept which is tipped to transform Britain has been shown off in jaw-dropping footage.

Entrepreneur Elon Musk, who has funded the Hyperloop project, tweeted out video from a test pod travelling at 321km/h on social media, reports The Sun.

Musk, who first put forward the Hyperloop concept in 2013, described the revolutionary transport as "a cross between a Concorde, a rail gun and an air hockey table".

The pods are propelled either by magnets or air expelled from the vessels themselves, and the tubes would be suspended off the ground to protect against weather conditions and earthquakes.

The Hyperloop could complete the Sydney to Melbourne commute in 53 minutes.

While Musk was behind the initial idea, he is not involved in the two companies vying to first make his vision a reality.

Hyperloop One, previously known as Hyperloop Technologies, completed the first public test of the propulsion system in May 2016.

This came two months after rival start-up Hyperloop Transportation Technologies reached a deal with the Slovakian government to explore building a system in the central European country.

Using London as an example, David Harrison, president of the think tank Policy North, ssaid the project would change the way we live. 

"Hyperloop could make jobs in London accessible to people living hundreds of miles away, challenging the north-south divide and creating a more balanced spread of wealth across the country," he said.

"Workers would no longer need to move to London to access the best-paying opportunities - only to have the benefits of those positions wiped out by the soaring cost of living there.

"Similarly, businesses could locate to the north of England where there is plenty of space."

The futuristic transport system could be going to other corners of the world too, after Dubai announced a deal with Hyperloop in November last year with a view to bringing it to the Persian Gulf.

HYPERLOOP IN NUMBERS

• The Hyperloop pod is tipped to carry about 28-40 passengers.

• It will transfer 164,000 passengers daily.

• Taking just 40 seconds to depart, customers won't want to miss their slot.

• The Hyperloop One tunnel will be 100ft long and 2.7m in diameter.

• It's set to launch in Dubai next year, but will begin trials in the Nevada desert this year.

The Hyperloop could complete the Sydney to Melbourne commute in 53 minutes.

While Musk was behind the initial idea, he is not involved in the two companies vying to first make his vision a reality.

Hyperloop One, previously known as Hyperloop Technologies, completed the first public test of the propulsion system in May 2016.

This came two months after rival start-up Hyperloop Transportation Technologies reached a deal with the Slovakian government to explore building a system in the central European country.

News Corp Australia


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