The Hyperloop Is Happening
Remember that superfast Hyperloop idea that the real-life Tony Stark, Elon Musk, came up with a little while back? Well, people are getting things together and making it happen. We’re talking traveling in a tube going 800 MPH to a destination faster than an airplane for $30.
Billionaire industrialist Elon Musk’s fantastical “Hyperloop” mass transit system, revealed last year as a potential alternative to high-speed railways, may actually get itself built. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, a company dedicated to making the tube-based transport a reality (but not associated with Musk), revealed dozens of designs and schematics Thursday in an effort to drum up enthusiasm (and funding) for its futuristic scheme. The plan is to crowdsource as many aspects as possible, offering qualified individuals stock in the new company in exchange for helping design the system. Promise of a future payoff is no way to build a multibillion-dollar endeavor, of course, but with luck investors will bring money once they see the Hyperloop is more than a concept. (Via NBC News)
The original idea was to have a Hyperloop track from L.A. to San Francisco. Sure, that sound great, but what if there was an Earthquake? After that realization, the idea changed from L.A. to Las Vegas. It all seems like a fun idea, but in reality, it’s very feasible and people are starting to get it together to make it a reality.
The newly launched crowdsourcing company JumpStartFund has done the math and estimates that it will cost between $7 billion and $19 billion. Here’s what they show could be the future of travel for the United States:
One thing is for sure: America needs to start investing in its traveling infrastructure. We have bridges collapsing, roads crumbling, overpasses cracking, and potholes that make roads look like a bombing run on Vietnam jungles. It’s about time America invests in something that dwarfs travel options in any other country. I mean, look at the trains we have now:
And look at Japan:
It feels like a difference of 100 years between both photos.
“For us, it’s mostly about building the Hyperloop,” Hyperloop CEO Dirk Ahlborn told The Huffington Post. “We want to see it in the U.S., but if it makes more sense to do that somewhere else, then so be it. The goal is to build it.” (Via HuffPo)
Let’s build this thing in the U.S., because we’re all sick of having to drop friends off at the airport and listen to them whine about how much baggage fees are. Why not let them go to the hyperloop themselves for cheap? I’d easily spend $100 to visit friends all over the country instead of spending a thousand dollars on a round-trip airline ticket.
America just approved a budget for $120 million dollars on tanks that the military doesn’t even want? How about we invest in something that everyone wants?
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