Elon Musk’s innovative hyperloop transportation scheme may change global shipping forever.
Imagine a low-emission form of transportation that’s quiet, always on time, not affected by inclement weather, and takes the potential for driver error out of the equation. This quick and efficient means of moving people and product may seem like a pipedream -- or is it?
The idea for the Hyperloop was first introduced in 2013 by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who envisioned a pod-like system to whisk people from Point A to Point B at about 800 miles per hour. The self-driving pods would move within an all-encompassing tube, rendering weather concerns irrelevant and eliminating the potential for human error.
Musk’s initial concept is now becoming a reality -- just take a look at these artists’ renderings for proof. Two U.S. companies, Hyperloop One and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, have enthusiastically heeded Musk’s call to action and are busy working on test tracks as we speak. Both promise that, once completed, their respective Hyperloops will be capable of transporting passengers from L.A. to San Francisco or Las Vegas to Denver in less than an hour.
However, these designs are different in one crucial way from Musk’s original vision: while Musk had hoped to use his hyperfast pods to deliver travelers to their destination, experts believe that the Hyperloop would be a more fitting means of transporting cargo at record speed.