A 5 1/2 hour train ride may not sound too bad, but the world’s fastest train can get you there in 3 hours by reaching top speeds of over 300 miles per hour. That sounds better, right?
On Tuesday, China debuted the magnetic levitation (maglev) train capable of reaching top speeds of 600 kilometers per hour, approximately 373 mph, according to a Reuters report citing state media. The train also supposedly it won’t be so loud or require as much maintenance as other trains.
The maglev allows the train to float while traveling, without touching the rail. Currently, China has only one maglev line, which runs from Shanghai airport to the city and launched in 2002. Since then, China has conducted nearly two decades of research. Other countries, including Japan and Germany, are investigating maglev, according to Reuters.
The train was reportedly developed by the state-owned China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation. The CRRC could not immediately be reached for comment.