Revolutionary Mass-Transit Hyperloop Test System Coming to Texas
Elon Musk seems to like making headlines every other week, and he’s done it again with his nonchalant announcement of the next steps for his Hyperloop mass transit system. Musk took to Twitter, as he often does with big announcements, telling everyone the next steps for the first ever test track. But like any Musk announcement that seems too good to be true, he followed it up with another tweet hinting at a “pod racing” competition for students on the Hyperloop.
He didn’t release a date for the Hyperloop test track, but Texas seems to be in for a big surprise in the next coming year if he does decide to land it in their region.
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What the Hell is a Hyperloop?
In the world of technology, many people get carried away in the echo-chamber, assuming the mass majority of people understand what their tech-lingo means. Example: Have you heard of bitcoin? No? Well, did you know miners can receive the cryptographic currency or buy cloudmining contracts specific to the hashrate they want and store their coins in a secure multi-sig wallet or cold storage service?
Much like the intricate lingo of bitcoin, the Hyperloop is something that needs to be explained. It’s a mass transit system Elon Musk, founder of such companies as PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors, designed that looks to revolutionize the way people travel.
In his 57-page, public whitepaper outlining how he believes the Hyperloop could work, he described his motivation for focusing efforts on the project.
“When the California ‘high speed’ rail was approved, I was quite disappointed, as I know many others were too. How could it be that the home of Silicon Valley and JPL – doing incredible things like indexing all the world’s knowledge and putting rovers on Mars – would build a bullet train that is both one of the most expensive per mile and one of the slowest in the world?”
The Hyperloop is faster, in theory, than any current mass transit system. It’s immune to weather, self-powering, resistant to Earthquakes, non-disruptive and costs less than alternatives, according to Musk.
But the concept is intricate, theoretical and full of problems along the way that Musk needs funding and help to overcome.
Short of figuring out real teleportation, which would of course be awesome (someone please do this), the only option for super fast travel is to build a tube over or under the ground that contains a special environment,” Musk said in his paper. “This is where things get tricky.”
The Hyperloop could the fifth mode of travel, behind planes, trains, boats and cars, to make a big impact on the lifestyle of urban humans. If Musk brings the technology to Texas first, they all could be in for a real treat.
Image courtesy of public Hyperloop whitepaper.