Been reading about The Hyperloop Train concept from Elon Musk over the last couple of days and it’s a pretty exciting prospect. I rode on the Shanghai Maglev Train last year, whose top speed is around 268mph (431kph), and that was an awesome enough experience.
Elon Musk, billionaire and founder of Paypal, electric-car firm Tesla Motors and space technology company SpaceX, has revealed designs for Hyperloop – a supersonic Jetsons-style transportation system for California. Travelling at over 700 mph, passengers would sit in a 1.35-metre-wide tube and be blasted through the 382-mile tunnel linking Los Angeles and San Francisco in just 30 minutes.
After months of speculation, Musk revealed plans to use magnets and fans to shoot capsules that float on a cushion of air through a long tube. “Hyperloop is a new mode of transport that seeks to change [a] paradigm by being both fast and inexpensive for people and goods,” said Musk in the design study.
I don’t know quite how innovative this idea is but it’s good to see someone investing in the concept, I’d love to see this happen.