PITTSBORO – Virgin Hyperloop One is bringing a demonstration pod of its hyperloop transportation technology to the Triangle on Thursday and Friday.
The XP-1 is set to be displayed at the Triangle J Council of Governments’ Regional Summit in Pittsboro.
The North Carolina’s Regional Transportation Alliance is a partner in the event.
Back in July, hyperloop was a big topic of coversation at another Triangle event in which talk of making the Durham-Chapel Hill commute a 10-minute journey was advanced as a serious possibility.
“As cities across the country face increasing transportation challenges, such as extreme traffic congestion, vehicle emissions, long commute times and more, hyperloop provides an answer that can transform transportation and put the U.S. ahead of the pack in innovation and create thousands of jobs,” Ryan Kelly, a top exec at Virgin Hyperloop One, Richard Branson’s transportation tech company that is working to commercialize the high-speed concept called the Hyperloop, told WRAL TechWire.
The pod will be on display Thursday at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center starting at 9 a.m.
On Friday, it will be showcased in Research Triangle Park at The Frontier.
“Since initiating a pre-feasibility analysis in July, we’ve been working with the VHO team to advance further conversations on the potential of hyperloop technology in the Research Triangle,” said Joe Milazzo II, Executive Director of the Regional Transportation Alliance. “As the ‘first in-flight’ state, we are pleased to have the hyperloop vehicle that completed VHO’s Kitty Hawk moment come to the North Carolina – as a nod to our state’s transportation history as well as our mobility innovation future.”