KCBS_740 LAS VEGAS (KCBS) — Elon Musk’s high speed transportation concept got a big test Wednesday in the Nevada desert.

Hyperloop One, the Los Angeles startup held its first propulsion test Wednesday morning on a half mile track built in the desert north of Las Vegas.

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The test involved a 10-foot sled with a propulsion motor that went on a two-second trip, hitting speeds of about 116 miles per hour before it crashed into a pile of sand.

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Ultimately, the Los Angeles-based company wants to carry passengers at 750 miles per hour.

Hyperloop One has pods that would carry passengers inside of low pressure tubes, which use electromagnets.

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The company hopes to carry out a full system test before the end of the year.

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Watch video of the test below.

Meanwhile, competition continues to escalate over designs for the final product.

Earlier this week, another Los Angeles-based company called Hyperloop Transportation Technology (HTT), which is led by NASA, announced it wants to use magnetic levitation to run the Hyperloop.

A third company out of San Francisco is also working on its own system.

Officials say the final Hyperloop product is expected to launch in 2020.

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