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Ultra-fast vehicles to be tested in NLV

Posted at 8:14 PM, Dec 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-09 23:14:15-05
A super-high-speed transportation company will start testing vehicles in the North Las Vegas desert.
Hyperloop Technologies has chosen the Mountain View industrial park as the location for the tests that will start in January.
The L.A.-based company will build a straight-line track that will be a kilometer long, which is a little more than half a mile.
David Brown, the industrial park's development manager, says the test vehicle is expected to get end to end in two seconds.
Hyperloop intends to one day be able to double that speed.
"The estimates we looked at were between San Francisco and L.A in 30 minutes," Brown said.
Reaching speeds around 700 miles per hour is still about a year away on Hyperloop's timeline, but Brown is proud to be a part of the vision at this early stage.
"We've got some huge competitive advantages out there in that we can respond to timeframes that most other places can't," he said.
Hyperloop is still deciding on a location for its higher-speed tests next year.
Brown feels there's a good chance North Las Vegas will land that business too.