I heard of the Hyperloop for the first time in early July, and it blew my socks off. Blew them clean out the window. A (potentially) self-powering form of transportation that is faster than plane, train, or car? Elon Musk, continually breaking barriers down with the sledge-hammer that is his mind.
First proposed instead of the $60 billion Amtrak rail to be built between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Hyperloop would cost a ‘mere’ $6 billion in comparison, and would shrink the multi-hour commute to under 30 minutes. You read that right: under 30 minutes.
Immediately, my mind went to the possibilities. New York to Los Angeles in a few hours? New York to Washington, DC in, what, 5 minutes?
My curiosity salivates until August 12th, when the man himself will publish his plans. He has described his Hyperloop as a “cross between a Concorde, a rail gun and an air hockey table”, and says it would be immune to weather, would generate more power than it uses, and will be the fifth pillar of our transportation system, after cars, boats, planes, and trains.
Doubtful? Honestly, I would not waste time with doubt. He plans to do tests before the end of the year. If there is one thing Musk has shown, it is that he delivers on his word. SpaceX, Tesla, and Paypal all speak to his legacy of revolutionary, innovative and world-changing ideas.