Japan’s Record-Breaking Maglev Train

Japan’s magnetic levitation (or maglev) train has broken the world speed record—again. The high-speed rail uses electrically charged magnets to hover the train over the tracks, reducing friction and allowing for increased speeds. Its most recent test run hit a record-breaking speed of 603km/h (374mph), surpassing its previous run of 590km/h. By 2027, Japan hopes to implement the lightning speeds of the maglev train in a route connecting Tokyo and Nagoya, cutting the current commute time to less than half while operating at 505km/h.