The ultra high-speed public transport
will completely change the way
No, you didn't read that wrong.
Paypal co-creator and Tesla Motors Wunderkind thinks that California just wasted $63 billion on a mass transit rail that only goes 164 miles an hour when a 14,000-mile-an-hour pneumatic railroad could be built for 1/10th that amount to take someone from Los Angeles to New York in less than 2 hours.
Even better - the plans for such a pneumatic, or vacuum tube train, are all open source.
Called 'hyperloop' this ultra high-speed public transport could completely change people's frustrating waits on delayed flights due to inclement weather, reliance on petroleum-fueled transport, and panic attacks over possible crashes, since the hyperloop theoretically cannot crash.
It would move faster than the speed of sound.
Musk has been talking about this technology for a long time, but just recently released a 57-page document (Hyperloop Alpha), complete with drawings and technology explanations, outlining his plans.
This is his most ambitious project to date, outside of creating recyclable rockets, but it is completely do-able.
Within the document, Musk states:
The rail word run on completely self-sustaining power, be faster, safer, resistant to earthquakes, more convenient, and would not disturb those along its path.
Musk envisions the hyperloop connecting high-traffic city pairs that are less than 900 miles apart.
The technology would work similarly to how pneumatic tubes used to transfer packages and mail between city buildings, only it accounts for the Kantrowitz limit.
Elon Musk explains:
Musk calls the system a cross between 'an air hockey table, a railgun, and a Concord jet.'
It would likely travel at speeds closer to 750 miles per hour, rather than its potential 14,000, but that would have you drinking your favorite cup of cappuccino in Chicago, having come from Dallas in under an hour - likely less time than it takes you to manage your morning commute.