Musk’s hyperloop still captivates despite decade of setbacks

A model of a passenger hyperloop capsule at Dubai’s 2020 Expo. The UAE firm DP World is one of the firms trying to develop a hyperloop.

A decade ago, Elon Musk proposed a new form of transport that would shoot passengers through vacuum tunnels in levitating pods at almost the speed of sound—he called it “hyperloop”.

Since then, cities from Abu Dhabi to Zurich have been touted as destinations, research projects have gobbled up millions of dollars and a host of commercial ventures have sprung up—even Richard Branson got involved.
“The transportation network has not had a new mode …

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