August 4, 2017
A little less than a week ago, Hyperloop One completed a test run of their hopefully revolutionary transportation technology. Traveling at speeds of up to 192 miles per hour (310 kilometers per hour), the Hyperloop One XP-1 traveled most of the 500 ft DevLoop track before braking to an eventual stop.
This is a huge step for the transportation company, as the speed of 192 miles per hour is historic to say the least. Even in the hot Nevada desert, to say the team was excited would be a considerable understatement:
“This is the beginning, and the dawn of a new era of transportation,” said Shervin Pishevar, executive chairman and cofounder of Hyperloop One to Business Insider.
Because Hyperloop technology could become your main means of transportation in a few years, we wanted to put things in perspective to give you an idea of how fast 192 miles per hour is. Check out these five things that travel almost, exactly, or a little more than 192 miles per hour:
This beautiful car is more than just a sight for sore eyes. The Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 has a top speed of just under 200 miles per hour and goes from 0-60 in 3.9 seconds. And while its roughly the size of the first-generation Hyperloop pods, you’re going to have trouble getting it into the tube without a scratch.
While Elon Musk has been promising a fast means of transportation between New York and Washington DC for a couple of weeks, Western Europe is already pretty well connected thanks to TGV Trains. And with record speeds at 200 miles per hour, Hyperloop One is going to have to step it up if they’re interested in expanding internationally.
As one of the primary military helicopters in the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, Japan, and the Netherlands, the AH-64 helicopter has a top cruising speed of 176 miles per hour. If you’re going to take this to the office, make sure you check with human resources about bringing it in.
That’s right, an arrow fired at your average archery competition travels at roughly 200 miles per hour. But good luck catching one of these on your way to work.
A skydiver plummeting towards the Earth headfirst can travel up to 160 miles per hour. While that is a full 32 miles per hour slower than the Hyperloop One test run, it’s still worth mentioning. Note: skydiving is not an acceptable means of commuting. Plus, it makes car-pooling impossible.
Read more about Hyperloop technology on TechCo
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