Transportation of the future? Public gets first glimpse of Hyperloop One

May 12, 2016 1:31 AM

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Transportation of the future? Public gets first glimpse of Hyperloop One

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A low-profile block of aluminum zipped across a short stretch of what looked like railroad tracks Wednesday before crashing into a tuft of sand and sending a small cloud into the clear skies of the desert north of Las Vegas.

The seconds-long demonstration by startup Hyperloop One marked the first public glimpse of a propulsion system that its creators hope will rocket people and cargo through tubes at the speed of sound in five years.

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