KOFU, JAPAN - DECEMBER 2:  A magnetically levitated train powered by a linear induction motor sits on the track December 2, 2003, prior to setting a new world speed record during a manned test on an experimental track in Kofu, Japan. The three-car maglev train, operated by Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) and the government-affiliated Railway Technical Research Institute, reached a top speed of 581 kilometers per hour with technicians on board.  (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)