Noah J Nelson on Monday, Jul. 15th
Will publish Hyperloop alpha design by Aug 12. Critical feedback for improvements would be much appreciated.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 15, 2013
With that tweet the clock starts ticking for the reveal of the Hyperloop, an idea Tesla Motors and SpaceX founder Elon Musk first started hinting at a year ago. According to Musk the Hyperloop would make the trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles in a half-hour.
The current speculation is that the Hyperloop would involve a vacuum tube and magnetic levitation, creating a frictionless surface for six-person capsules to hurtle through. Something like the pneumatic tube mail delivery systems in old buildings, only the mail in this case is people.
The. Mail. Is. People.
While the idea of getting from LA to SF in 30 minutes is great, I’m not so sure about the whole “being hurled at 760 MPH through a steel tube” part. I know that’s pretty much the same as flying, but planes at least have windows. What I’m trying to say is this: I’ve always hated subways, and this is like a big subway. There. Fine. I’m biased.
Unless it comes with free wi-fi. Then I’m in.
Via: The Verge