San Francisco to Los Angeles in only 35 minutes? Bye-bye traffic…Yes, please!
In less than 10 years from now, high-speed, solar-powered transport could become a reality. According to Wired, 100 of some of the world’s smartest engineers and designers from companies like Boeing, Airbus and SpaceX, are now officially clocking hours to work on Hyperloop, a futuristic idea of Tesla motors CEO and SpaceX founder Elon Musk.
The Hyperloop is a conceptual high-speed transportation system incorporating reduced-pressure tubes in which pressurized capsules ride on a cushion of air that is driven by a combination of linear induction motors and air compressors. The spacey aluminum pod, which carries passengers, would travel just below the speed of sound, at a brisk 760 mph.
Conceptually, the Hyperloop could run from the Los Angeles region to the San Francisco Bay Area, paralleling the Interstate 5 corridor for most of its length, with an expected journey time of 30 minutes. It’s expected to cost around only $20-$30 per quick trip.
Working on their spare time in exchange for stock options, the 100 engineers are currently endeavoring to move the concept forward, intending to produce a technical feasibility study in 2015. The hardest part might be finding investors brave enough to raise the anticipated $6-10 billion cost necessary to build the first 400-mile loop.