Elon Musk Reveals Details of HyperLoop

Source: Elon Musk

Elon Musk has provided hints for the past several months of his next BIG idea (after PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX).  We knew that it would be a way to have high-speed transportation between cities – like San Francisco and Los Angeles – and we knew that he called it HyperLoop.

Now, we know more.  Today Musk shared details of HyperLoop.  It will be a solar-powered.  It will be an elevated city-to-city transit system.  It will be extremely high speed – taking passengers and cars from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes.

As with his other big ideas, Musk’s thinking completely disrupts the status quo—in this case, short-range commercial aircraft and California’s $70 billion high-speed train that is currently under construction (and has been derided by Musk as too expensive, too slow, and too impractical).  HyperLoop has the potential to completely change transportation between cities in the mid-range distances: up to about 900 miles apart from one another.

Clean.  Fast.  Inexpensive.  Safe.  Potentially available in about ten years.  The only big problem that I see is that Musk says that he is too busy right now with Tesla and SpaceX to build it himself.  Someone else needs to pick up the idea and build it.

Coming from anyone else, I would say this is a pipe dream.  Coming from Musk, I have to say that it is a brilliant dream about moving people through pipes – and I can’t wait to see what happens from what he started today.

You can download the script for Musk’s presentation today, including the technical White Paper on HyperLoop, here: [Link].  An excellent article in Forbes is here:  [Link].


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