Elon Musk's Hyperloop is getting its first working test track

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    A full-scale version of the Hyperloop concept is to be built in central California next year, using magnets and fans to push passenger pods through five miles of depressurised tubes at speeds of up to 200 mph.


    This model will be slower and shorter than the full-sized system described by Mr Musk but will be used to test the concept and its safety.


    Dirk Ahlborn, chief executive of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, said: "This installation will allow us to demonstrate all systems on a full scale and immediately begin generating revenues for our shareholders through actual operations."


    As a reminder, Elon Musk wants to create a system that could carry people from Los Angeles to San Francisco at speeds almost 800mph, cutting the 400-mile trip to a little over 30 minutes.