Elon Musk’s Hyperloop dream isn’t a reality yet, but it is moving forward. We first discussed how the Hyperloop functioned last year, and figured it’s time to check back in on the latest progress.

Hyperloop One, one of the three startups working on the rail system, recently completed a test Hyperloop track in Nevada. Named the DevLoop, it is 500-m of straight track that is large enough to carry real passengers. The new full-size test track will allow the company to expand testing of the mag-lev technology used to run the system. Magnetic-levitation enables the car, or pods, to carry passengers while running through the tunnel without rails or friction. One of the latest tests reached a top speed of 192 mph .

Hyperloop One showcased 11 potential routes that they believe would have economic impact on many parts of the country. The ability for workers to commute with high-speed travel would enable manufacturers to move to cheaper area and allow workers to live farther from expensive cities. They are also exploring areas in Europe where Hyperloop travel could create economic unifications and develop city-to-city connections within reasonable commuting range.

The first full-scape test was completed on May 12th.

A new report just released expects that the Hyperloop technology market is expected to be valued at 1.35 billion in 2022. It could reach 6.34 billion by 2026. As with all new technology, there are many unknowns. What is known is that developers and builders of this new technology will require support from manufacturers and OEMs to develop and create the parts they need in order to make the ideas become a reality.

At Connectronics we frequently work with designers and engineers on cutting edge technologies. Many of these developments wouldn’t be possible without the specialized connectors and interconnection systems that are custom made for each application. In new technology, such as the Hyperloop, a company that can deliver specialized components is invaluable.

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