Flexible railway systems can offer cheaper and faster transport in greater quantities. Their potential is most promising in freight handling.
Even as concepts like Hyperloop emerge, European leadership is not in danger.
Elon Musk’s dream of a train that can travel at 1,200 km/h faces serious unresolved engineering challenges.
Recent tests have shown the viability of the futuristic train. But does this mean we will have a new mode of transportation any time soon?