Almost five years ago, the American company Hyperlo Transportation Technologies (HTT) announced its intention to make Toulouse its European research and development center. And it is in the Pink City that HTT began to develop the first concept test system devised by Elon Musk in 2013, with capsules occurring in tubes at low pressure up to 1,200 km / h.
For this, a first test track of 320 meters was installed in 2019, and a second one, 1 kilometer long, raised, had to be built. But it won’t. “We found that the first lead was sufficient to achieve our test goals,” said Rob Miller, director of marketing for HTT. “To get the final certification of passenger reception, we need to build a 5-10 kilometer system, which we announced for 2019 in Abu Dhabi. »Where will this track be built? “We will announce it soon”, is satisfied to answer Rob Miller, who assures that Toulouse “remains the epicenter of its R&D” and that the company, proud of its progress, will continue to test its latest developments there.
Taking advantage of this resizing, Toulouse Métropole renegotiated the construction lease “in order to continue the development of this area dedicated to mobility in particular of the future, carbon-free”, indicated Dominique Faure, Senior Vice-President in charge of the economy, innovation and employment. She assures that she is not worried and that she has not been alerted to a possible departure. “There are always 20 to 30 engineers working on this project. It is a disruptive technology and, even if it does not work, we will have participated in the cross-fertilization. “