Tesla's Elon Musk to Unveil Details of 4000 MPH 'Hyperloop' Transportation System

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The dream of incredibly fast mass transit is alive, at least in the mind of Elon Musk. Fortunately, Musk is a brilliant fellow with piles of money, so if anyone can pull it off, it’s him. Musk discussed his vision for a Hyperloop transport system a month ago, and many have been clamoring for a more fleshed-out version of what exactly this thing might look like and how it would work; one musn’t simply throw out the concept of up to 4,000 MPH travel, making a transcontinental trip last no more than 45 minutes or a trip to China a two-hour affair, without backing it up with something.

Musk says he’ll unveil more details today, but in the meantime, one John Gardi worked up a chart that show what he thought Musk might be describing based on the available clues, and when he tweeted it to Musk, the Tesla founder told Gardi that his mockup was “the best guess so far”. Brent Couchman took Gardi’s chart and tidied it up further.

Hyperloop mockup
Credit: Motherboard, Gardi/Couchman

Interesting stuff, to be sure; we’ll be interested to see what Musk himself has to say about it. More power to Musk and everyone else working on this project; long-distance travel is in dire need of an overhaul. Driving a car takes too long, and air travel has become something of a nightmare. (We’ve spent the night on an airport floor one too many times, thank you very much.)
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realneil replied on Mon, Aug 12 2013 8:17 PM

It would probably be the classic "E-Ticket" ride!

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realneil replied on Tue, Aug 13 2013 11:12 AM

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This surprises me.

4,000MPh would be so ass-kickingly cool as I see it.

While I wouldn't want to be on the maiden voyage runs, once it's proven safe, let me on the thing!!

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