Hyperloop stories are the subject that gets everyone in the rail industry talking. Since the transport idea was invented by Elon Musk in 2013 there have been all kinds of speculation into how feasible the idea is and when we can expect the vehicle to be in commercial use. The latest news this week is that Toulouse in the Southwest of France - the hub for technical innovation, research and development has signed an agreement with Hyperloop to host the latest testing site. The US company Hyperloop will build the premise on the former Francazal airbase. A one kilometre test track will test the invention which is still in its planning stages, but is planned to zoom at speeds of 1,200km/h upon completion. Toulouse has already become the European centre for automobile development with its advanced car, plane and aerospace technology. As a result, technological leaps are a common occurrence in this corner of France. And with the addition of Hyperloop to this region, we can look forward to greater breakthroughs in the very near future.
"Toulouse is the nerve center of the European aerospace industry and it seems natural to us to have a presence here, alongside many of our partners and colleagues," said Dirk Ahlborn, president and CEO Of the start-up.
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