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'Hyperloop' Could Send People From L.A. To San Francisco In 30 Minutes
There's been a lot of futuristic means of travel proposed in the past -- flying cars, hover boards and teleporting, to name a few -- but with billionaire backing, this idea seems like it's actually on track. Get ready for the fifth form of transportation, folks; one that blows planes, trains, automobiles and boats out of the water. Here's a few reasons why:
"How would you like something that never crashed, was immune to weather, that goes three or four times as fast as the bullet trains we have now or about twice the speed of an aircraft, that would get you from downtown L.A. to downtown San Francisco in under 30 minutes and it would cost you much less than any other type of transportation."
- It's solar powered.
- It leaves leave as soon as you arrive "so there is no waiting for a specific departure time," according to Musk.
- It's better than a bullet train: capsules will be propelled as fast as 4,000 miles per hour, but passengers will be exposed to the G-forces of an ordinary car ride.
- Musk wants to keep the invention open source, and not apply patents to it.
[via Smithsonian magazine]