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Hyperloop was originally conceived by Elon Musk in 2013 and has been touted as the fastest way to cross the surface of the Earth. The concept promises to slash journey times between cities from several hours to a matter of minutes. The technology used in the Hyperloop has been around for a while, in fact the idea of travelling through evacuated tubes dates back more than a century. Here are some of the biggest players in the race to building the first Hyperloop system: Virgin Hyperloop One, Transpod Inc., a Canadian company designing and manufacturing ultra-high-speed tube transportation technology.