The revolutionary Hyperloop transportation system, which envisions shooting pods with passengers through a vacuum-filled tube, could be built in the UK, an executive of the company behind the project said during a conference in London.
According to Hyperloop Transportation Technologies’ chief operations officer and deputy chairman Bibop G Gresta, the system, originally proposed by Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk would enable people to travel from London to Glasgow in as little as 30 minutes.
"We see the UK as one of the first possible candidates for the construction of a full-length Hyperloop,” Gresta said “We have the technology to connect London to Glasgow in as little as 30 minutes. And we could build it within five years’ time."
The firm is currently developing a test track at its site in Los Angeles, where it will carry out tests of the system designed to reach speeds of up to 1,200 km/h.
The firm hopes to launch the test track in late 2016 or 2017.
Gresta was a keynote speaker at the Construct/Disrupt conference organised by BaseStone in London this week.
During his speech, Gresta praised London’s booming tech and start-up scene.
“London and the UK are one of Europe’s leading tech entrepreneurship centres with a thriving start-up ecosystem and world class innovative transport infrastructure projects - it’s great to be on the scene at such an exciting time,” he said.