Hyperloop is one of the latest in high speed transport over long distances; however it is still in early stages of development.

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Europe has decided to hop on board the Hyperloop train and have begun construction on a full-size Hyperloop test track in south-west France. It is being built by Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (or HyperloopTT).

There is only one other test track in Europe, a 100-foot long scaled-down version at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

Construction for the new track will be done in two phases. The first phase of the track will be 320 metres long. It should be operational sometime later this year. The second phase of the track, which will be 1 kilometre long, is slated to be complete in 2019. Both tracks will be located near the major industrial and innovation hub, Toulouse.

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The tubes measure 4 metres in diameter and will accommodate passenger and cargo pods. A full scale passenger pod is currently in construction at the company’s facility Carbures, Spain.

When completed, the track will be the third Hyperloop track in the world, following the ones built by SpaceX and Virgin Hyperloop One.

HyperloopTT has stated that it has agreements with nine countries and has plans for a public unveiling of the test track in the coming months. It also announced an agreement with Emirati developer Aldar Properties, to build a 10 kilometer Hyperloop system in Dubai, which could later be extended to connect the city with Abu Dhabi.

All in all, it looks like the Hyperloop will quickly become the norm and soon every major city will have at least one.