Passengers using the Hyperloop could - in theory - cut the time required to travel between Los Angeles and San Francisco to just 30 minutes.
That’s around half the time a commercial airline flight would require, and the Hyperloop would be mostly solar-powered.
But such an untried method of transportation needs to be proved and tested; and that’s apparently where the project is at.
Musk took to Twitter to inform followers that a test track is about to be built, “most likely in Texas”.
Will be building a Hyperloop test track for companies and student teams to test out their pods. Most likely in Texas.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 15, 2015
The chosen US state has now been seen as a sweetener to Texan authorities, who continue to pose road-blocks for Tesla preventing sales of its Model S EV there.
Whether the Texas site is pending the removal of most of these road-blocks or not is unclear, but Musk’s use of the words “most likely” obviously gives him a get-out clause if authorities hold firm.
Furthermore, Musk has proposed an annual challenge for university students, which would see teams develop and race ‘pods’ suitable for use in the Hyperloop.
This would likely prompt immediate development on potential pods for the radical transport system, with the added benefit being that one design might serve as the ‘real deal’ one day.
Musk compared his idea to the existing Formula SAE motorsport challenge, currently inspiring teams of university students as they battle it out around the world.
Stay tuned to TMR for more.
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