The Virgin Hyperloop made history on November 8th by successfully completing a passenger test in a pod for the first time. Who were the lucky testers? Josh Giegel, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, and Sara Luchian, Director of Passenger Experience, and it took place at Virgin Hyperloop’s 500 meter DevLoop test site in Las Vegas. This also marks a successful test in the newly-unveiled XP-2 vehicle, which was customized with occupant safety and comfort in mind.
One thing to note is that the production vehicle will be larger and seat up to 28 passengers, while this 2-seater vehicle was built purely to demonstrate that passengers can be safely transported in a hyperloop pod. Some of the safety features implemented include a control system capable of detecting off-nominal states and rapidly trigger appropriate emergency responses.
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For the past few years, the Virgin Hyperloop team has been working on turning its ground breaking technology into reality. With today’s successful test, we have shown that this spirit of innovation will in fact change the way people everywhere live, work, and travel in the years to come,” said Sir Richard Branson, Founder of the Virgin Group.