The dream of high-speed tube travel, or Hyperloop technology, is inching closer to reality. Hyperloop is the revolutionary vacuum-tube-based transportation technology proposed by Elon Musk in a 2013 whitepaper. Ever since then, companies
, engineers, and students have been competing to build the tube systems and pods that will transport people at nearly Mach 1 (or just below the speed of sound). Yesterday, engineering students from the Technical University of Munich (a.k.a. WARR Hyperloop) won their third pod speed competition in a row. The self-propelled pod zipped along a short Hyperloop tube test bed at 290 mph, that’s just 30 miles slower than a bullet train. It’s also a long way from over 700 mph. There will be more competitions, which might be held underground in one of Elon Musk’s Boring Tunnels.