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Hyperloop Revealed: A Billionaire’s Plan to Travel at 800 MPH
Posted on Aug 12, 2013
Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, was disappointed with California’s high-speed rail project, so he has proposed an alternative that, if it’s not just smoke and mirrors, could get you from L.A. to San Francisco in 30 minutes.
Called the Hyperloop, it’s a low-pressure, elevated tube that would shadow California’s 5 Freeway. Aluminum pods driven by electromagnets would travel at extraordinary speeds between destinations.
To put things in perspective, Japan’s Shinkansen bullet train tops out at just under 200 miles per hour. The Hyperloop could conceivably beat that by 600 mph—if it’s real.
Musk said Monday that he’s tempted to build a prototype, but he has his hands busy with his existing businesses.
You can read the entire Hyperloop plan here.
Musk did a Q-and-A on Monday after posting about what he sees as the fifth form of transportation (after boats, trains, cars and planes).
Asked about California’s earthquakes, Musk said the system would be protected, but “If all of LA falls down [in an earthquake], I guess the Hyperloop would too.”
—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer
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