Tesla Owner Gets Government Approval for Hyperloop Transit System

📅   Thu July 20, 2017 - National Edition


Musk said The Boring Company, an infrastructure startup he launched late last year, will carry out construction of the underground tunnel. The entire route from New York City to D.C., he claimed, will take just 29 minutes.
Musk said The Boring Company, an infrastructure startup he launched late last year, will carry out construction of the underground tunnel. The entire route from New York City to D.C., he claimed, will take just 29 minutes.

Tesla Inc. and SpaceX founder Elon Musk dropped a bombshell announcement July 20, tweeting that he has received "verbal government approval" to construct a Hyperloop transit system that would connect New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore at incredible speeds, the Philly Voice reported.

Musk said The Boring Company, an infrastructure startup he launched late last year, will carry out construction of the underground tunnel. The entire route from New York City to D.C., he claimed, will take just 29 minutes.

Further details were not immediately released and it was not clear which government authority granted approval for the project.

First introduced in a 2013 open source white paper, Hyperloop technology is described by some as a pneumatic transport system (PTS), relying on electric rather than active propulsion. Musk himself has explained Hyperloop as a combination of the Concorde, an air hockey table and a railgun.

An overview of the technology at Architectural Digest says Hyperloop pods will reach blazing speeds of up to 750 mph, whisking passengers from city to city through near frictionless vacuum tubes. Musk envisions Hyperloop as a future "fifth mode" of transportation alongside planes, boats, trains and cars.

In another follow-up tweet, Musk said the proposed East Coast Hyperloop would move from "city center to city center," with multiple entry and exit points at each location.

Several companies, led by Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One and competitor Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, have been actively prototyping and researching the commercial viability of the transit system.

Photos of Hyperloop One's DevLoop, a 500-meter test track built in the Nevada desert, were previewed back in March as a sign that the technology is progressing past the point of speculative science fiction. The company and its proponents say Hyperloop transit systems will not only be more efficient, but less costly to construct and run than high-speed rail systems.

Source: Philly Voice