Elon Musk, billionaire genius and entrepreneur, creator/founder of many awesome things (like PayPal, SpaceX, and Tesla Motors), has a personality of ‘challenge’ built right in. Musk is in his current position, because he dreamed big and didn’t listen to people when they said it couldn’t be done (especially is the case with Tesla Motors – Musk is re-defining the automobile industry in the US and has plans to expand to other countries, including Europe). And so, despite his riches, fame and accomplishment he continues to think of ways things could be better, in the most recent case – the mass public transportation industry in the US. Musk has dreamed up an idea called ‘The Hyperloop’, which only has speculation this far, but is described as a ‘combination between a railgun and an air hockey table’. Some initial drawings have surfaced, making some guesses on the basics of this theory:
Theorized by John Gardi, the idea is that this mechanism would take transportation to the next level – blasting people at 600 MPH (or 900 KPH for the metric folks) between their destinations. That would theoretically make transportation between San Francisco and Los Angeles only 30 mins (compared to the nearly 6hr commute it is now). Again, it is all speculation at this point until some official plans come out around the August 12 date, but it is nothing short of an exciting announcement, since we can be sure (as history has proven), Musk tends to put his money where his mouth is. Who knows, maybe in a few years, transportation between major hubs in the US might look much, much different than today.