There's a broad consensus that Hyperloop will transport people in magnetically levitated or magnetically propelled pods. This is the same maglev principle used on Japan's bullet trains, the latest generation of which will average about 300 mph once construction is finally complete.
As we'll see below, virtually every concept for high-speed transit of this kind—on land, at least—relies on magnetic levitation. To achieve ludicrous speeds in any remotely scalable way, you need to eliminate the friction from tracks. That's tough to achieve, given that stubborn little bugger called gravity.
By using "tracks" and "train wheels" of opposite magnetic polarity, you can achieve movement without introducing any actual physical contact between container and solid ground. Better yet, magnetic levitation doesn't just provide a source of lift, it can also serve as the thrust to push a container—or car, whatever—down a line. As a maglev expert told The Verge a while back, the speed you can achieve with maglev is limitless—as long as you're traveling through a vacuum.
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