Elon Musk claims Hyperloop pods will be faster than trains, safer than cars and less damaging to the environment than aircraft. But is that likely to be true?

Elon Musk’s plans for magnetically-levitated pods are back in the news after South Korea signed an agreement to develop a full-scale Hyperloop testbed, with the intention of ultimately building a system to zip across the country in 20 minutes.

Slovakia, Abu Dhabi, the Czech Republic, France, Sweden and Indonesia are also interested in building their own Hyperloops.

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