Hyperloop One's Pod is the only vehicle in the world that, with the company's proprietary linear electric motor, achieves autonomous high-speed propulsion and levitation in a controlled low-pressure environment.
Hyperloop One is one of the leading groups competing to make Elon Musk's open-sourced transportation idea a reality.
It describes its latest step forward as its first full systems test, and it actually took place in a private setting back on May 12.
The sled levitated above the track for 5.3 seconds using magnetic levitation, reaching almost 2Gs of acceleration en route to the target speed of 70 miles per hour.
He claimed the hyperloop will one day become the cleanest, fastest, and safest form of transportation in the world. "Hyperloop is real, and it's here now". The windowless pod is created to carry both passengers and cargo, according to Hyperloop One.
"Hyperloop One has accomplished what no one has done before by successfully testing the first full scale Hyperloop system", said Shervin Pishevar, Hyperloop One co-founder and executive chairman, in a statement. That's quite a bit slower than the near-supersonic speeds Elon Musk promised in his initial Hyperloop proposal, and that Hyperloop One eventually hopes to deliver.
The "Vision for America" includes connecting 35 cities nationwide with Hyperloop systems.
In a press release, the company wrote: "Hyperloop One tested all the system's components, including its highly efficient motor, vehicle suspension, magnetic levitation, electromagnetic braking, vacuum pumping system and more, proving the full system's components operate successfully as a single integrated unit in a vacuum".
Hyperloop One has also unveiled a prototype of the passenger and cargo pod that will eventually travel inside its tubes, seen in the picture at the top of the page.
The aerodynamic pod is 8.5 metres long, and constructed of structural aluminum and carbon fiber. And, of course, convincing skeptical transportation planners that this is a better solution than tried-and-true high-speed rail.
In theory, it allows travel faster than the speed of sound.